Borough of Poole has successfully obtained a premises closure order against a flat at Nelson Court, Poole, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The order was obtained on 2 November 2016 and prohibits anyone, including the tenant, from entering the property for a period of up to 3 months.
Borough of Poole and Poole Housing Partnership took action in partnership, following complaints from neighbours about anti-social behaviour which included loud noise, excessive numbers of visitors to the property and threatening behaviour.
The tenant was warned verbally and in writing by Poole Housing Partnership about persistent conduct in breach of tenancy, but things did not improve. The order now makes it a criminal offence for anyone, including the tenant to return to the property.
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Borough of Poole, said: "Fortunately, in Poole, we don't often see anti-social behaviour on this scale. Thankfully we have these powers that enable us to take action as a last resort and we are pleased to have achieved the full closure order with the support of other agencies including Dorset Police."
Su Spence, Chief Executive of Poole Housing Partnership, said: “Despite numerous attempts the tenant would not engage to resolve these issues, so it was important that quick and effective action was taken. This is the first time we have used the new absolute ground to evict a tenant and this action brings much needed relief for neighbouring residents, and enables us to bring issues to a resolution when no other action has been shown to work.”
If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour, there are a number of ways to report it. If it is an emergency, and someone’s safety or property is at risk, please call Dorset Police on 999.
If it is less urgent, you can:
call the Police non emergency number 101 (24 hour service) if you need a police officer to attend or visit, or to report a crime
call Borough of Poole on 01202 633438 (during working hours) if you want to complain about an incident that has occurred and you need help or support, or you want us to investigate with our partners
report the incident online at poole.gov.uk using the 'report it' form
contact Crimestoppers or 0800 555 111 to report problems anonymously