Double eviction shows Magna is taking a stand against Anti-social Behaviour
By Magna_Housing | Thursday, October 03, 2013, 16:10
Magna Housing is committed to working with residents to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB). Magna have a zero-tolerance approach and will use all available solutions to help control and prevent ASB, whilst working with residents towards a positive outcome.
Magna has recently resolved two serious ASB cases in Tiverton and Beaminster thanks to some great team work between residents and other agencies. Both cases were having a detrimental impact to the local community.
The eviction in Tiverton was the result of 3 years of regular fights and drunken behaviour that often spilled out into the street causing considerable disturbance and distress to the neighbours. Despite efforts to help those involved to address their behaviour, the situation deteriorated. Working in partnership with the local police Magna were granted possession of the property in September.
Magna housing officer, Glynis Shaw, said, 'This eviction was achieved by working closely with the police and the local community, it has brought much welcome relief to the neighbours and wider community.'
The second eviction in Beaminster related to a resident and his girlfriend who have been causing lots of ASB issues by swearing, shouting and playing loud music till the early hours. This has had an impact on their neighbours, many of whom have children.
When Magna's anti-social behaviour team became involved, warnings were issued to the resident and these were swiftly followed by Magna seeking a demotion order and possession order.
One of Magna's ASB housing officers, attended court and persuaded a judge that the behaviour was sufficiently serious and disruptive to grant an immediate injunction without notice to the defendant. The injunction contained a power of arrest which allowed the police to arrest the defendant if the injunction was breached.
This injunction was breached on 4 separate occasions and despite a last minute appeal, the judge granted Magna an eviction.
Magna's tenancy and ASB manager, Ruth Martindale, commented, 'We take all ASB cases very seriously and show concern for both the victim and perpetrator. Where possible we try and mediate situations and support the perpetrator from causing any further distress. However this is not always possible and we have to work closely with our residents to gather sufficient evidence to take court action and take a positive stance against such behaviour.'