Landlord calls for fast-tracking of ASB cases
A leading housing association has called on the government to do more to help victims of anti-social behaviour by fast-tracking cases through the courts.
In an open letter to housing minister Grant Shapps, Bromford Group said that most ASB cases should be dealt with within two weeks to ‘ease the terrible strain on victims’ and help save up to £30,000 in cases that could otherwise drag on for up to 12 months.
In the letter Nick Cummins, executive director at the 27,000-home landlord, said: ‘Reducing the time and money our frontline people spend dealing with repeat problems created by offenders’ would offset extra spending on the court system.
‘Dealing with eviction cases in a fast, decisive way will send a clear message to perpetrators that their behaviour will not be tolerated. It will also release precious homes for people who really deserve them.’
Mr Cummins added that delays to dealing with extreme cases cost landlords and the taxpayer £450 a week, with up to £10,000 spent subsequently on damaged property.
The letter was in response to the news revealed in Inside Housing last week that UK landlords are dealing with 300,000 ASB cases every year at a cost of £300 million.