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Experiment into new way to tackle renters’ anti-social behaviour

The government is investigating a new way to tackle renters’ anti-social behaviour in the social housing sector - through a new advisory group.

Housing Minister Eddie Hughes has announced a new panel of experts to advise on the best approach for dealing with anti-social behaviour from tenants, particularly those who suffer from mental health issues, or drug and alcohol dependency.

The panel will bring together organisations from across the sector to identify how landlords and local support services work together and provide early intervention for vulnerable perpetrators - helping to reduce the 1.5m incidents annually of anti-social behaviour recorded and cut re-offending.


Hughes - a Boris Johnson supporter who was the sole minister at the housing department to keep his job during the recent reshuffle - says: “No one should have to live in fear of anti-social behaviour and putting a stop to this is vital to our mission to level up the country. We committed to protecting tenants from anti-social behaviour, as set out in the Charter for Social Housing Residents.

“That’s why I’m pleased to welcome members of our new panel whose expertise will help inform landlords and other services how to deliver positive change for their tenants, alongside our new reforms to improve social housing standards.”

A government statement claims that the panel builds on existing support available for social housing tenants who experience anti-social behaviour. 

This includes a ‘one stop shop’ where tenants can access for information and report an incident to ensure perpetrators are dealt with quickly and effectively.

The government has also introduced a Community Trigger that gives victims the right to request a rapid, multi-agency review of their case and brings organisations together to find a joined-up solution. 

The new Anti-Social Behaviour Panel aims to publish its good practice guidelines for social housing landlords and the wider sector on tackling anti-social behaviour by vulnerable perpetrators, this coming autumn.

The panel consists of officials from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Home Office, housing associations and support organisations.

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  •  G romit

    i.e. make Landlords responsible for their Tenants behaviour!!


    If this is so then rents must increase to cover the extra admin involved. Rented property is becoming more like care homes every day and rents must reflect this extra responsibility.

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    How about using any spare seats on the Rwanda flights, once the Government gets them off the ground?


    Are you referring to the dysfunctional tenants or the dysfunctional politicians suggesting this nonsensical regime?


    Happy to fill the flights with both - and pay my share of all additional flights needed to get them all away from here!

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    I have a tenant who is disturbing all the neighbours with noise throughout the night. I applied to the court for possession only to be told that it would be eight weeks before a court date could be allocated because the courts were overwhelmed with work. Meanwhile the good tenants have given four week’s notice.
    If you wish to make someone responsible for another’s behaviour then at least give him the tools to take effective action.


    One good thing (perhaps the only thing) about Glasgow City Council is their noise abatement unit who will visit noisy tenants virtually straight away, warn them and fine them £100 on a repeat visit.

    It works, but typical Council, they then send a cheeky letter to the landlord asking him to ensure no repetitions. I used to reply thanking them and confirming the tenancy would not be extended to limit the risk of repetitions. They replied that this was too harsh but couldn't suggest what steps I should or could take.

    I now tell them their SNP masters have removed my only means of limiting such behaviour but do now copy the guarantors on any Council correspondence which should at least be embarrassing to the noisy tenants.


    Robert it is good to see the dissident tenant being penalised but why only £100 when landlords can be fined £30,000. Needs to be 'levelled up' or better still levelled down.

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    Does this just read we are going to make landlords responsible for their tenant's antisocial behaviour? We will remove Section 21 to stop you getting rid of bad tenants and put loads of obstacles in your way to make you go through courts all at your own expense trying to get rid of the problem. We will create panels of useless toothless tw4ts who will just be interfering busybodies, and maybe another portal where we can bog you down reading pages and pages of guff about what the endless tenant's entitlements are.


    Nick I regret that you are correct, just shows how useless our politicians are.

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    Edmond Hughes is a cheeky b stard. He was chairman of Walsall Housing Group, formerlly Walsall council housing and also a councillor. He will know all about anti social tenants. Walsall has two no go areas !

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    I would have thought anti social behaviour should be enforced by the council and the police. It's got nothing to do with landlords. What if home owners are causing problems, isn't that the same issue?


    Of course it is John, and I firmly believe that banks should be held responsible for the behaviour of their mortgagees. Let us level up the playing field.

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    When will the government and councils be held to account for bringing up undisciplined and disrespectful citizens. They give citizens all the rights in the world not to get off of their bum and get a job and misbehave. We even import more of them in dinghies. Less than we export to Rwanda. The government say they can all do what they like. And now they want to wash their hands of responsibility and push it all onto landlords.


    My generation was the last to have the privilege of seeing disruptive behaviour in schools subject to corporal punishment.

    Whilst a few teachers were a bit too ready to use the leather "tawse", it was mostly applied fairly and discipline maintained.

    There are now NO sanctions for bad behaviour, leading to two current generations of spoiled brats unwilling or unable to take responsibility for their own behaviour.

    My granddaughter's school has recently silenced the 9.00 am bell so that latecomers are not stressed out and potentially attempt to cross roads unsafely.

    Of course the 3.00 pm bell still sounds loud and clear - doesn't seem to matter about stressing those collecting kids at the end of the day as long as teachers can finish on time halfway through a normal working day!


    Robert - your points are well made. Exactly what I am alluding to.

    Can you imagine us going to war with Putin. WW3. Trying to explain to these brats to get the **** off of their phones and roll up there sleaves and do something. But it's anything goes these days. There's no shame in failing, or not trying. The government says it's okay others will pay for you.


    I'm one of that generation Robert, the slipper across my backside never done me any harm, similarly when I started work as an apprentice, our foreman ruled us with a rod of iron, at first I hated him, then I respected him, now I'm eternally grateful to him.

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    ASB will be a real big issue when we lose S21 🤔

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    The Crime & Disorder Act 1988 placed the responsibility for ASB on Local Councils. They are supposed to all have a Community Action Trigger where monthly meetings discuss amongst various partner agencies, all the C.A.T reports..
    However, there are some really good examples of councils and lots of examples of councils doing absolutely nothing, other than trying to pass the problem onto the police.
    Eddie Hughes would do well to start there !


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