What we can do to help
It’ll depend on each case of anti-social behaviour, but there are a number of ways we can support you.
- If the neighbour causing the issue is one of our customers, we can warn them in person or writing. We might ask them to sign an acceptable behaviour contract. If they don’t live in one of our homes, we’ll speak to their landlord if they’re a tenant. We find this often solves the problem.
- If you’re comfortable with it, talking with your neighbour might solve the issue. We can sort out mediation, where someone trained in resolving arguments will meet with you both to help.
- People sometimes behave badly because they’re struggling to manage other problems, like drugs or debt. In that case, we’ll help by referring them to support services.
- If it’s a general issue in your area, we might work with the police or local authority to tackle the problem.
Tackling anti-social behaviour legally
If nothing else has worked, we may take legal action. This means we’d take these customers to court. We might seek an anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI) or an injunction to exclude them from their home if they’re violent. We might also change their tenancy to one with fewer rights. This makes it easier for us to evict them if their behaviour doesn’t improve. Finally, we might try to evict them for breaking the good behaviour clauses in their tenancy agreement.
Very occasionally, our customers might be affected by exceptionally bad ASB caused by a serious offence. We understand how upsetting ASB can be. So we’ll consider taking strong action to deal with this.
If the offence meets a qualifying condition we may seek an eviction order for outright possession. These are considered so serious, that as long as the condition is met, the judge must agree to the eviction. Taking this action helps us keep our neighbourhoods safe and peaceful.
Can I remain anonymous?
We’ll never share your details with anyone without your permission.
If we go to court, we’ll need witnesses to testify as evidence, so we may ask if you’re willing to do this. We’ll tell you what this means and it’ll be your decision.