A housing association has evicted a man from his Hemel Hempstead town centre flat after reports of drug use, loud music, setting off fire alarms and fighting in and damaging communal areas.
Hightown Praetorian & Churches told the Gazette it has attempted to engage with the man ‘to change his behaviour’ but it did not result in a ‘long term improvement’.
With the help of residents at the block, who agreed to keep written records of the anti-social behaviour they witnessed, Hightown was able to put together enough good quality evidence to make an application to court for possession of the property.
Hightown also had support from the police and the Dacorum Council Health Team which helped build up evidence that the residents had suffered persistent nuisance.
At the court hearing a number of neighbours agreed to give witness statements detailing exactly what happened and when. The evidence compiled by Hightown, the residents and the other agencies was enough to enable the eourt to award possession of the property.
Hightown’s tenant services manager, James Prestwich said: “Eviction as a remedy for anti-social behaviour is always a last resort.
“If the tenant had responded to our warnings and agreed to work with us to improve his behaviour, we would not have had to take this action. The co-operation of the residents who had been severely affected by this behaviour was vital to enable us to obtain the eviction order; we would not have been able to do this without them and we would like to thank them for their help.”