Anti-Social-Tenants

Two weeks’ eviction notice for anti-social tenants

30/05/2023

The Government has recently announced a new Action Plan to deal with anti-social behaviour. Part of this will enable landlords to give anti-social tenants just two weeks’ notice of eviction, rather than the usual four weeks.

Under the plan, anti-social behaviour is defined as:

  • Intimidatory behaviour, such as threatening or unruly behaviour, drunkenness, harassment and loitering in public spaces;
  • Drug use, and the paraphernalia, mess and disruption that can go with it;
  • Vandalism, graffiti, fly-tipping and littering; and
  • Disruptive neighbours consistently playing loud music or letting their dog bark all night.

As long as the tenancy agreement has been updated to specifically ban anti-social behaviour, then a shorter notice of eviction can be served.

Where the antisocial behaviour is low-level, but high impact, it is the Government’s plan to offer improved mediation services, with the aim of supporting landlords whilst helping prevent evictions.

Both the changes to mediation, and how anti-social behaviour is dealt with, are planned to be introduced as part of the Renters’ Reform Bill. The Renter’s Reform Bill is due to be announced within the current parliamentary session.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of homeless charity Shelter, said: “Without clear guidance and safeguards in place, there is a real risk that the new anti-social behaviour grounds for eviction could be abused. As we await the long overdue Renters’ Reform Bill, the Government must make absolutely sure its commitment to make private renting fairer and more secure is not immediately undermined.”

How Pinney Talfourd can help

Pinney Talfourd are experts in commercial and residential property litigation and can advise you on changes to the law so you are given up to date advice.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Stephen Eccles on 01708 463202 or Oliver-James Topping on 01708 463227 should you wish to discuss anything further.

The above is meant to be only advice and is correct as of the time of posting. This article was written by Oliver-James Topping, Solicitor in the Residential Property Litigation Team at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of May 2023.

30/05/2023

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