Anti-social tenants to be targeted under proposed rules

PUBLISHED: 14:01 12 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:12 28 May 2010

SPECIAL measures to tackle anti-social behaviour - including buying digital cameras to catch culprits- are promised to Fenland council house tenants if they vote to transfer to a housing association. And for the first time prospective tenants will be on

SPECIAL measures to tackle anti-social behaviour - including buying digital cameras to catch culprits- are promised to Fenland council house tenants if they vote to transfer to a housing association.

And for the first time prospective tenants will be "on probation" for the first 12 months to evict anti-social tenants more easily.

A 21-point action plan is proposed by Circle Anglia if they win control of Fenland's 4,000 council homes when a ballot takes place later this year.

Clauses to combat anti social behaviour, racial and other harassment, noise and nuisance are included in the new tenancy agreement.

And the association says starter tenancies would "help the association to evict anti-social tenants," says a draft consultation document presented to Fenland councillors yesterday (Thu).

The association says it will:

* give advice to those who suffer anti-social behaviour, including court witnesses

* provide an out of hours response service

* take early and firm action against tenants who break their tenancy agreement

* buy sound recording equipment, video and digital cameras and CCTV to get evidence of anti social behaviour

"The association would ask courts to evict tenants or seek ASBOs, injunctions or demotion order where tenants guilty of unacceptable behaviour lose some of the rights they have as tenants," says the report to councillors.

A new subsidiary of Circle Anglia, Roddons Housing Association, will operate the Fenland housing portfolio.

Among the improvements pledged for tenants are:

* the appointment of gardening, handyman and decoration services for the elderly and disabled

* the creation of a £1 million community fund to improve estates

* installation of 1500 new kitchens, 200 new bathrooms, and 700 boiler replacements in the first five years of transfer

* spend £49 million over the first five years to provide the 'extras' asked for by tenants

* offer a legally binding five year rent guarantee

* offer incentives for being a good tenant

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