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Council Housing: Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on their powers to (a) evict unruly tenants and (b) take action against tenants (i) whose refuse causes a hazard to neighbours, (ii) who frequently burn rubbish in their gardens and (iii) who have dogs which are a nuisance to neighbours. (299337)

The Government have equipped local authorities and social landlords with a range of effective powers to deal robustly with antisocial tenants and has provided them with extensive advice on their use. The Respect website:

provides a regularly updated resource for agencies tackling antisocial behaviour and includes a comprehensive guide to antisocial behaviour tools and powers published last year:

Through both the 'Together' and subsequent 'Respect' campaigns we organised a series of events to inform local authorities and social landlords about, and encourage them to use, the tools and powers available to them to tackle antisocial behaviour.