How do you deal with anti – social behaviour as a landlord?

January 5, 2012

Landlord Information

 If your tenants are proving to be a nuisance it is your responsibility to deal with them and their anti – social behaviour.

 Try talking to your tenant to resolve the problem, if you want support you can get help from your local authority and the police, you should work closely with them.

 If your tenant is still causing problems in the community and property you own you can apply for a court order and have them evicted. Just remember that is it illegal to evict a tenant without the relevant documents from the courts.

 Make sure you check the tenants history before you allow them to live in your property. Do they have any convictions for anti – social behaviour?

 If you choose not to do anything about an anti – social tenant, what happens?

 Be warned, if you decide not to do anything about your tenants behaviour your local authority can take action against you.

 If you let a single property, they can:

  • Make a special interim management order and take over management of it to stop the anti – social behaviour.
  • Choose the area for selective licensing – if there is widespread anti – social behaviour in that area*

 This is seen as a guarantee to show local authorities that landlords are running their property properly.

 Your local authority can take appropriate enforcement measures if you refuse to take any action against your tenant. There are different steps that they may take but this is dependant on the scale of the problem.

 There should be a complaints procedure in place when you are a social landlord. This is for people to use when they are not happy with how the anti – social behaviour problems have been dealt with.

 If you are asked, you should always provide details of your complaints procedure and how to use it.

 If the complainant isn’t happy or if the problem is taking too long to resolve they can contact the housing ombudsman service (HOS) for help and advise.

 This is a free and independent service that can look into if you have done anything wrong and/or failed to deal with a problem properly.

*Quote source Direct.gov.uk

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