A TROUBLESOME tenant has been evicted from a council property in the Westexe area of Tiverton after the council took the unprecedented step of pursuing a closure order against one of its own properties.
In September 2012 the council took action to stop anti-social behaviour affecting neighbours at a ground floor property in Westexe North. Complaints from residents to Mid Devon District Council's housing department and the police had included reports of loud music, shouting and screaming, noisy vehicles, threats and intimidation.
Using Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 legislation, the council applied for a closure order on one of the property which was granted by Exeter Magistrates Court last September. This meant that no one, including the tenant the tenant 21-year-old Kane Thomas from entering the property unless by prior agreement with the council or the police, and only to collect belongings.
The order was granted for three months and prior to the expiry of the notice, the council then applied for possession of the property at Exeter County Court and the tenant was subsequently evicted.
Councillor Ray Stanley, cabinet member for housing, said the action sent a clear message to others about the seriousness with which the council viewed anti-social behaviour problems: "The Council will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, whether from our tenants or other residents. We will take firm action against those that persist in making the life of others a misery and work closely with our partners to ensure that we deal with the matter as quickly and positively as we can."
Cllr Stanley added: "We will seek repossession of properties from our tenants who continually breach their tenancy agreements and cause anti-social behaviour in the community."