Council gets tough on anti social behaviour

By on 16/02/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet has approved a legal document which calls on council tenants to support its crusade to tackle anti social behaviour.

The Council consulted with tenants on proposals to revise its Conditions of Tenancy, a legal document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant.

Over 7,500 tenants took part in actively shaping the new contract which has overwhelming support from tenants, with over 92% indicating that they agree with the revised conditions.

Over 200 legal actions were taken against perpetrators of anti social behaviour within the last year, with anti social behaviour officers working across Birmingham to challenge and put an end to the behaviour of a minority of people whose negative activities affect others.

The new contract ensures the council arranges victim or witness support services where appropriate to safeguard its tenants' safety.

The new Conditions of Tenancy strengthens the council's stance on taking action against perpetuators of anti social behaviour which includes any form of hate crime, domestic abuse, encouraging other people to behave antisocially, using firearams and other weapons, joy riding and making malicious phone calls.

And for the first time, the contract requires council tenants in rent arrears to make payments during rent payment holidays.

Revisions to the Condition of Tenancy have been made as a result of changes in legislation, regulation and policy, after 6 months consultation with tenants. Officers and a focus group of tenant representatives have been working in partnership since July 2009 to ensure the revised document addresses key issues raised by tenants.

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “Tackling anti social behaviour is high on our agenda and we’re calling on our tenants to help us and our partners bring an end to anti social behaviour.

“We don't just want tenants to report it, but actually come forward to help us to end nuisance behaviour from our council homes altogether. We won't tolerate nuisance behaviour on our property- the sooner the small minority of people who engage in anti social behaviour realise this, the better.

“Of course support will be available for those vulnerable people who require it and we have number of agencies who work with that we could sign-post those people to if necessary.

“I’m grateful to tenants for their feedback on the new Conditions of Tenancy and I’m confident it will help provide more clarity on key issues that affect their lives.”

The revised conditions of tenancy will be delivered to all council tenants.

Other changes to the Conditions of Tenancy include more clarity on the rights and responsibilities of tenants on issues such as succession rights, the up-keep of gardens, having pets in the home and how to end a tenancy.


Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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  1. Kavan Hawker says:

    This is fantastic to see this initiative. Tenants need to understand that the properties they are living in belong to the council. They must treat these properties and the surrounding areas with respect.

    I beleive that this initiative will be the start of a greater movement that will combat crime, antisocial behavior and general discourtesy in our streets, public transport, open spaces and shops.