What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
The term “anti-social behaviour” covers any kind of nuisance, unreasonable behaviour or harassment. Sutton Housing Partnership aims to address neighbour nuisance in or around rented or leasehold properties that we manage. The police and other agencies, such as Sutton Council’s Environmental Health Department, may be able to help where anti social behaviour occurs elsewhere.
“Anti-social behaviour” is defined in Section 153 of the Housing Act 1996 as, conduct which is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to another person, and directly or indirectly affects the housing functions of a relevant landlord or consists of or involves using or threatening to use housing accommodation owned or managed by a relevant landlord for an unlawful purpose. A further definition of anti-social behaviour is provided by the Crime & Disorder Act 1998, where it is described as behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
There are many other types of behaviour that may cause a nuisance.
The Council’s tenancy agreement explicitly states that “you and anyone living with you or visiting your home must not commit any acts of harassment towards anyone for any reasons, including but not limited to reasons of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or religion”. If a tenant or a relative of the tenant or someone living or visiting the tenant carries out nuisance or harassment the tenant risks losing the tenancy or facing other court action, such as an injunction
Leaseholders are also expected to refrain from causing anti-social behaviour as a condition of their lease. The lease states that leaseholders should 'not use the premises or allow it to be used for illegal, immoral, improper, unpleasant, noisy or noxious purpose'. In circumstances where these covenants are breached the Council can apply to the court for forfeiture of the lease or seek an injunction to ensure compliance with the lease. This applies even where the leaseholder sublets the property.
Anti-social behaviour describes a variety of behaviour that can adversely affect the lives of people, for example:
Vandalism/damage to property
Children causing harassment or nuisance to others
Violence/threats of violence
Rubbish dumping etc
Last Updated: Friday 08 June 2012