A tenant has been evicted from a property in St Ann’s following repeated incidents of noise nuisance, threats to residents, racial abuse and criminal damage over a prolonged period of time.
In September 2013 the tenant gave an Undertaking to the County Court to behave after allegations had been made concerning noise nuisance and verbal abuse. In July 2015 further complaints were made by a number of witnesses of loud music, verbal and racial abuse, leading to the tenant being convicted of public order offences and an Injunction being granted to protect local residents from further anti-social behaviour.
Breaches of this injunction followed in late 2015 and early 2016 and, despite warnings to the tenant that their tenancy would be in jeopardy should the behaviour continue, a further conviction for criminal damage followed in June 2016.
At this point Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes instigated possession proceedings against the tenant, using the Absolute Ground for Possession introduced by the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which, subject to certain safeguards, compels the Court to grant possession of a property where a previous Injunction has been breached.
An Outright Possession Order was granted by the Nottingham County Court on 3 November 2016 and the eviction took place on Wednesday 11 January 2017.
Whilst the possession proceedings were pending, further incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour occurred resulting in a further conviction for racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress and criminal damage which resulted in the tenant receiving a suspended prison sentence.
Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins said: “This is a good result for the community after the alarm and distress caused by this resident. People have the right to feel safe where they live and we will use our powers to ensure this happens.”