Antisocial Behaviour in Rented Property
Dealing with problematic people
What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of issues which make a person or people feel unsafe, these include;
- nuisance neighbours
- aggressive behaviour
- harassment or intimidation
- begging and anti-social drinking
- vandalism, graffiti or damage
- drug dealing
Quality of life can be affected when these behaviours are continuously played out in a community.
Who can help with anti-social behaviour?
Both landlords and tenants can get help with anti-social behaviour from the following places:
- the police
- local authorities, like councils
- social landlords
- housing associations.
If the anti-social behaviour you have witnessed is a serious criminal offence, such as drug dealing, you should contact the police right away. You can also contact your local neighbourhood police team, who will focus specifically on issues such as anti-social behaviour. They may also hold local meetings with residents to discuss how they want cases of anti-social behaviour to be dealt with.
You should contact your local authority for the following cases of anti-social behaviour;
- abandoned vehicles
- damage to public property
- noise issues
Your local authority should have specific units working on each of these problems. They may also employ anti-social behaviour co-ordinators who will be trained to deal with areas which struggle with anti-social behaviour.
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