A new law aimed at helping landlords evict antisocial tenants is going through Parliament and should soon face a final reading.
Section 89 of the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill will give landlords the power to go to court to repossess a home from a tenant demonstrating ongoing antisocial behaviour, even if the offence was committed away from the home.
Five conditions are written into the law that a landlord must prove before a court.
They state that a tenant, someone who lives with them or someone visiting the home was:
- Convicted of a serious offence
- Found by a court to have breached an injunction to prevent nuisance and annoyance obtained under Section 1 of the Bill
- Has a conviction for breach of a criminal behaviour order
- Has a conviction for breaking a noise abatement order at the home
- Or the home has been closed under a closure order obtained under Section 73 of the Bill and the total period of closure was more than 48 hours.
As an extra power, Section 90 of the Bill will allow a landlord to repossess a home if a tenant, someone living with them or a visitor is guilty of conduct likely to cause nuisance or annoyance to the landlord or agent and the running of the property.
This section relates to serious problems like prostitution or dealing drugs.
Section 91 will let a landlord to evict a tenant convicted at the scene of a riot anywhere in the UK.
If passed, the landlord is obliged to tell the buyer if an antisocial tenant is living in the home.
The Bill is a ‘tidy up’ of general police administration, new laws and amendments to old ones involving dangerous dogs and firearms.