Magistrates’ Court sees tenant evicted with three-month flat closure order

A council in Surrey has been successful in evicting a housing association tenant after Guildford Magistrates’ Court granted a three-month closure order on the property.

Neighbours of the flat claimed that the tenant caused problems over a two-year period, until the police removed her.

The court heard that the woman often frightened her neighbours with antisocial behaviour, which included shouting, swearing and playing loud music.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “She was partying every night into the early hours of the morning.

“There were random people going in and out of the flat all the time. I heard screaming and fights, and people jumping on her bed at 5am.

“She blamed me when she was reported to the police, and even confronted me in a shop.”

Reportedly, the local council began working with the police, and sought legal advice, in order to evict the problematic tenant a few months ago, after she began throwing objects like glass, crockery and a ceramic lamp out of her window from height, to the road below.

The court’s decision means that the flat will remain closed for a period of three months, and nobody is allowed to enter it during that time.

It is hoped that the move will put an end to antisocial behaviour in the immediate area, but the housing association that owns the property is taking steps to repossess it, which would mean the tenant can never return to the same address.

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.