14 August 2009
Effective multi agency working between Caerphilly County Borough Council's Tenancy Enforcement Section and Gwent Police has resulted in the gaining of an Eviction Order to rid a Graig Y Rhacca community of a 'nightmare' neighbour.
The tenant, a female, who lived at the address in Longfellow Gardens, Graig Y Rhacca was issued with an Eviction Order by the County Court, after a catalogue of anti-social and nuisance incidents in and around her community.
In addition, an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) was also granted, complete with an exclusion order, meaning that the tenant is now excluded from entering the entire Graig Y Rhacca estate between 7pm and 8am, as a result of her actions and behaviour. This order is effective until 5th July 2011.
Tenancy Enforcement Manager, Rachel Thornett said, "Not long after the tenant moved into the property, complaints were received from local residents regarding noise nuisance emanating from the property. These complaints ranged from noise and disturbance from fighting and swearing, through to loud music being played into the night and threatening behaviour.
Despite several joint interventions between Gwent Police and Tenancy Enforcement, it was difficult to initially take any direct action against the tenant as many complainants simply felt too fearful of being identified for fear of reprisals should they make a formal statement against the tenant."
However, in July 2008 Tenancy Enforcement was able to apply for an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) against the tenant following an assault on a resident. This followed in January 2009 with a Postponed Possession Order (PPO) being obtained, after two residents came forward as witnesses to incidents that the tenant had been involved in.
Rachel Thornett continued, "Despite these interventions, the tenants anti-social and nuisance behaviour continued, therefore on 29th June we sought a possession order of the tenant's property at Court, which was subsequently obtained.
We will not allow a tiny minority of people to adversely affect the lives of the majority, and I hope that our actions in this case will act as a warning and a deterrent to others that their behaviour will not be tolerated."
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "I hope that the gaining of this eviction order, along with an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction complete with exclusion order sends out a strong message of the powers that tenancy enforcement and partners have at their disposal for tackling the issue of nuisance neighbours.
The vast majority of our residents wish to live quietly and peacefully in their homes, which is their right, and I'm pleased that our Tenancy Enforcement Section, together with colleagues at Gwent Police are so pro-active in ensuring that residents can continue to live their lives without having to suffer at the hands of nuisance and anti-social neighbours."
Neighbourhood Sergeant Gareth Jones, said: "We take residents' concerns very seriously and we work closely with our partners at the Council to ensure that anyone who is causing a nuisance to others or is in breach of their tenancy agreement is dealt with effectively. We need local residents to come forward with evidence of anti-social behaviour, which will assist both the police and council to take action."
The tenant left the property by the required date of 31st July 2009.
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