Proposed legislation strengthens landlords’ case against anti-social tenants

Residential landlords should find it easier to evict anti-social tenants under proposed legislation about to pass through Parliament.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill will have its third reading on 15 October and is set to have considerable implications on the redress available to landlords of anti-social residential tenants.

Matthew Pugh, head of property litigation, at Langleys Solicitors LLP, said:

“The Bill, if approved in its current form, will give landlords the right to seek possession against tenants on the basis of anti-social behaviour even if the behaviour was not carried out by the tenant but others living at the property or even visitors to the property.

“Overall, the proposals in the Bill will ensure landlords have a greater opportunity to rid themselves of disruptive or anti-social tenants.”

The Bill proposes a series of mandatory conditions that, if satisfied, will require the courts, on the application of a landlord, to order possession.

“Most of the conditions relate to offences or breaches by the tenant, a person residing in or visiting the property.”

However, the Bill could introduce another mandatory ground for possession where the tenant or a person residing in the property has been convicted of an offence which took place during and at the scene of a riot in the UK.

Matthew added:

“Therefore anyone found guilty of offences relating to a riot in London for example may find that their tenancy of a property in York or Leeds is at risk.

“The mandatory nature of grounds proposed in the Bill will be much more appealing to landlords during the term of the tenancy as the possession process will be much easier and less costly than is currently the case.

“I’m sure residential landlords will welcome the changes that this Bill is expected to bring.”

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Matthew Pugh

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