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Council housing - tenancy issues

Your council deals with a wide range of issues relating to its tenants. All councils have a policy, ruling how they allocate property and treat tenants. They aim to treat all tenants the same and will not discriminate against anyone.

The Tenancy Agreement

When someone moves into their council house, they receive a copy of the Tenancy Agreement. This clearly states what a tenant's responsibilities are and outlines all of the conditions. These refer to various issues including paying rent, nuisance, harassment, damage and the keeping of pets. If tenants cause or allow others to break those conditions, the council will take action and as a last resort apply to obtain a court order which will bring the tenancy to an end. It also outlines the council's obligations to tenants such as carrying out repairs.

The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more.

Neighbour disputes

Many day-to-day neighbourhood disagreements can be resolved with amicable conversations between neighbours without any need to contact the council. But sometimes this will not be the case and you may wish to report an incident or series of incidents. It is always sensible to try and deal with a situation before things escalate. Your council can help you and will take neighbourhood disputes and anti-social behaviour very seriously.

The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more.

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour includes a wide range of problems and because of that there are many things that can be done to tackle it. Your council, along with other agencies, have a range of tools available to them to make sure anti-social behaviour is stopped quickly. Some of these tools are available to the council as a landlord (and other types of landlords including housing associations) to stop anti-social behaviour where it is affecting or being caused by their tenants.

Other tools are available that can be used to tackle anti-social behaviour no matter who is causing it or who it is affecting. Occasionally some types of anti-social behaviour may involve serious criminal activity and where this is the case, the police should be notified immediately.

The following links will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more.

Stopping anti-social behaviour

If council tenants are behaving anti-socially the council can take them to court and ask that they be evicted from their home. A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document and if the terms of the agreement are broken the council can apply to the courts to have the tenant evicted.

Your council will work very closely with the police to try and reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour but they also rely on co-operation from tenants and leaseholders.

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