27 March, 2020
Manchester Housing Association Mosscare St Vincent's have taken urgent legal action against a tenant who continued to flout the new government guidelines on social / physical distancing and hosted parties for up to twenty people. The behaviour of the tenant caused harassment, alarm and distress to neighbouring residents, who were responsibly self-isolating following the rules outlined by the Government earlier this week which state that all households must stay at home and only leave the house when absolutely necessary. Despite the new rules, the tenant in question continued to allow excessive numbers of visitors to come and go from the Property as well as hosting noisy, disruptive parties.
The terms of the injunction granted prohibit the tenant from allowing any visitor to attend at their property, save for their children, until such time that the government guidance relating to social / physical distancing is officially lifted.
The steps taken send out a message to other residents that this type of behaviour is extremely serious in the current climate and will not be tolerated. Tenants will face urgent legal action if their reckless behaviour places others at risk of harm.
Harriet Killeen, Community Safety Officer at Mosscare St Vincent's said 'Residents must realise that the rules put in place by the Government are strict and must be adhered to. We will continue to take appropriate action to ensure that residents living in our communities are kept safe during this time of unprecedented risk'.
Amy Stirton, Associate Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors said 'As a team, we are very well equipped to continue taking urgent steps to protect our clients' residents and ensure that reckless behaviour is addressed in the most serious way by the Courts. The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides an array of tools that can be utilised by Landlords during this national emergency and this case demonstrates that whilst the Court is now compelled to suspend proceedings relating to possession cases, it is still prepared to take steps to ensure that members of the public are protected'.
For more information contact Amy Stirton in our Housing & Regeneration department via email or phone on 01772 220401. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.