We have secured one of the first outright possession orders in the country using the new Absolute Ground 7A for anti-social behaviour. Reclaiming a property that had been a scene of crime.
The customer’s property in Northwich was made subject to a police Closure Order in July 2015 for 3 months following of Class A drug dealing and anti-social behaviour at the property. With the customer threatening to resume occupation of the Property, our Tenancy Enforcement Team lodged an expedited possession claim at Chester County Court. The possession claim was based on the ‘Absolute Ground for Possession’, which was created under recent anti-social behaviour legislation. The ground requires courts to order eviction in cases where a serious criminal offence has been committed, an injunction breached, or a Closure Order imposed.
The judge made an outright possession order forthwith together with costs. The Judge acknowledged that the legislation left him with no option but to grant the order.
Matthew Cox, Tenancy Enforcement Team Leader at Weaver Vale Housing Trust said:
“We’re delighted with this result because it proved a quick and cost-effective way of getting the right outcome for the community. It’s also one of the first times this new power has been used in the country and we are leading the way in applying a very new area of law. Anyone who intends to use a Trust property for criminal activity should be warned that we’re prepared to do the same again”.