Planned Havering Council crackdown on nuisance neighbours

A no-nonsense crackdown on nuisance neighbours is in the pipeline, Havering Council has promised.

Toughened tenancy conditions is set to be okayed by councillors next week.

The revision of the Tenants’ Charter - the first shake-up in nine years - follows a consultation with 10,200 tenants.

Out of these, only 136 objections were raised.

The proposed revisions make it easier to demonstrate to antisocial tenants that they have broken their agreement – which can lead to eviction.

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The revised charter stresses that tenants are not just responsible for their own behaviour, but also of every person living in or visiting their home – whether it takes place in the premises, its locality or in a shared area.

Troublesome behaviour includes playing loud music, shouting and arguing, and fly-tipping.

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Tenant dog-owners will need to have their animals fitted with an identification chip, the proposals layout.

And the council will be holding a free micro-chipping event in the summer.

The plans will go before council cabinet next Wednesday (March 23) evening.

Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for housing, said: “We want our tenants to have a decent quality of life free from antisocial behaviour and these common sense proposals, which have been well received by our tenants, should ensure that. This revised charter will act as a contract to which both we and tenants agree to adhere. The detail in the charter will give the minority of nuisance neighbours no room for manoeuvre and will make it easier to deal with them to make other tenants feel happier and safer.”

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