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BCH takes action to evict nuisance tenant

Blackpool Coastal Housing

Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) has recently taken enforcement action to evict a tenant from the South Shore area of Blackpool for continuous breaches of tenancy, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and extensive damage to the property.

This action was taken following reports of conflict with vulnerable residents in the locality, which included intimidation and harassment and involvement with the emergency services, continuous tenancy breaches and failure to pay rechargeable repairs in excess of £18,000 in damage to the property.

BCH’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team initially worked in partnership with support services to attempt to resolve the situation. The tenant was issued with a series of written and verbal warnings, a tenancy caution and Acceptable Behaviour contract and the team tried to work with the customer but, despite numerous efforts, he continually failed to engage to resolve the issues. Support was also offered to explore other options such as Supported Living but this was rejected and the tenant was informed that his tenancy would be at risk if further complaints were received.

Despite this proactive approach, the tenant did not rectify his behaviour and further instances of ASB and tenancy breaches were reported. BCH therefore took enforcement action to evict this resident and applied to the Court for possession of the property which was granted on 8th November 2023. This tenant will now be excluded from the Housing Register for up to 5 years.

The ASB Team are committed to tackling ASB in a proactive way and can access a variety of tools and powers to address the issues. However, legal action is always considered as a last resort once all other options have been exhausted.

It is always distressing to reach the point of evicting someone but we have a responsibility to make sure all our tenants can live in their property and neighbourhood without the fear of intimidation and harassment. We have made strenuous efforts to resolve the situation and will continue to provide support to tenants when they experience anti-social behaviour.
John Donnellon, BCH Chief Executive

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour, our dedicated ASB Team are here to help and can be contacted on 01253 477900 (select option 3) or by email to asb@bch.co.uk.

Any issues of a criminal nature should be reported to the police in the first instance. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, you must contact the police immediately by calling 999.

Blackpool Coastal Housing