Council plan crackdown on tenancy rule-breakers

Phil Turner outside Brooke House

Phil Turner outside Brooke House

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BAD council tenants and housing fraudsters are being targeted in a crackdown on those who breach their tenancy agreements.

Basildon councillors will discuss a new tenancy and estate management strategy at a forthcoming cabinet meeting to start a push against those who flout their tenancy agreements.

If the strategy, as expected, is approved, a three year action plan will be developed alongside residents, with a more rigorous approach to fraud and tenancy breaches.

The council are planning to improving housing facilities including modern, fit for purpose facilities and tackle anti-social behaviour. It also wants to better manage communal areas and sheltered schemes to reduce the risk of fires and trip hazards.

Phil Turner, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and landlord services, said: “We are taking a robust approach to those who flout their tenancy agreements by making their neighbours’ lives hell with anti-social behaviour. Those who think they can steal from the public purse by committing housing fraud will also be dealt with accordingly.

“We are also taking a zero tolerance approach to those who fail to store items properly in communal areas in a bid to minimise the risk of accidents and fires.”

Basildon Council has the power to evict tenants who breach the terms of their tenancy through Possession Orders.

The original plan was introduced in 2010 and wasn’t scheduled to be reviewed until 2013 but due to recent changes including changes to how services are delivered and departments moving, it has been brought forward.

The tenancy team moved from Pitsea to the Basildon Centre in November in a bid to improve relationships between departments.

The Echo reported in November that more than 11,000 council houses, a quarter of the council properties in Basildon, were below the standard of a decent home, including Brooke House which has been plagued by problems.

Mr Turner said: “The council is currently undergoing a huge decent homes programme to improve the condition of council properties but we also want to improve the lives of those living in them by dealing with bad tenants swiftly and effectively.”

Basildon Council will discuss the plans at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, December 13.

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7:13pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

Excellent news crack down hard free up public owned homes for those the homes were designed for.
Excellent news crack down hard free up public owned homes for those the homes were designed for. Brunning999
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8:16am Wed 12 Dec 12

Leightrader says...

This still won't tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour. Those tenants evicted from social housing will still require somewhere to live, they will just carry on doing it elsewhere, perhaps at their family's homes or friends, therefore dragging more ppl down with them. Stupid idea.
This still won't tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour. Those tenants evicted from social housing will still require somewhere to live, they will just carry on doing it elsewhere, perhaps at their family's homes or friends, therefore dragging more ppl down with them. Stupid idea. Leightrader
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9:14am Wed 12 Dec 12

Leightrader says...

Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.
Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple. Leightrader
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11:09am Wed 12 Dec 12

perini says...

Leightrader wrote:
Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.
Anti-social people should be evicted and left to live on the street!
[quote][p][bold]Leightrader[/bold] wrote: Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.[/p][/quote]Anti-social people should be evicted and left to live on the street! perini
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11:49am Wed 12 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

perini wrote:
Leightrader wrote:
Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.
Anti-social people should be evicted and left to live on the street!
Agreed while we keep supporting them with free housing and financial benefits for each unwanted kid they knock out which just increases the problem.
[quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leightrader[/bold] wrote: Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.[/p][/quote]Anti-social people should be evicted and left to live on the street![/p][/quote]Agreed while we keep supporting them with free housing and financial benefits for each unwanted kid they knock out which just increases the problem. Brunning999
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12:17pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

Brunning999 wrote:
perini wrote:
Leightrader wrote:
Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.
Anti-social people should be evicted and left to live on the street!
Agreed while we keep supporting them with free housing and financial benefits for each unwanted kid they knock out which just increases the problem.
can't stop paying them for banging out more kids. How else would they be able to afford bigger tv's and more weed?
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leightrader[/bold] wrote: Footnote - Tackling the fraudsters is a good thing though, these ppl are breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. If anti-social ppl are trying to tackle their issues, they should be given the opportunity to do so, these things often take time, but fraudulent claims are criminality pure and simple.[/p][/quote]Anti-social people should be evicted and left to live on the street![/p][/quote]Agreed while we keep supporting them with free housing and financial benefits for each unwanted kid they knock out which just increases the problem.[/p][/quote]can't stop paying them for banging out more kids. How else would they be able to afford bigger tv's and more weed? Eric Whim
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9:47pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Nebs says...

Doesn't matter what they do. London boroughs are paying tenants a fee to move out to Essex, they are offering to pay a deposit and a couple of months rent. Prepare for an influx of everyone that London doesn't want.
Doesn't matter what they do. London boroughs are paying tenants a fee to move out to Essex, they are offering to pay a deposit and a couple of months rent. Prepare for an influx of everyone that London doesn't want. Nebs
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11:26am Mon 17 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

Nebs wrote:
Doesn't matter what they do. London boroughs are paying tenants a fee to move out to Essex, they are offering to pay a deposit and a couple of months rent. Prepare for an influx of everyone that London doesn't want.
gotta fill all those new houses they're building in Basildon that no-one wants to buy somehow......
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter what they do. London boroughs are paying tenants a fee to move out to Essex, they are offering to pay a deposit and a couple of months rent. Prepare for an influx of everyone that London doesn't want.[/p][/quote]gotta fill all those new houses they're building in Basildon that no-one wants to buy somehow...... Eric Whim
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