Nuneaton council obtain suspended possession order against tenant who was found to be in breach of contract

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 August 2022

NUNEATON and Bedworth Borough Council have obtained an 18 month Suspended Possession Order (PSO) against a tenant of a property on Gilfil Road, Nuneaton, after a dog attack, illegal breeding, and running a business from inside of the property.

A court gavel and judge signing paperwork (Image: Ekaterina Bolovtsova/Pexels)

The order was first made last year, back on 14 May 2021, inside of the County Court in Warwickshire Justice Centre.

It prevented the tenant, their household, and even visitors to the property, from engaging in anti-social behaviour, due to illegal drug use and having pets inside the property.

The Suspended Possession Order allows the tenants to remain in their home, and if a further tenancy breach occurs, the Council can apply to the courts for a warrant for an eviction.

But, after new information was provided by Warwickshire Police’s Dog Unit, it was found that the tenant breached the terms of the order again, by keeping dogs inside without permission, which resulted in a further hearing on 5 August 2022.

The tenant agreed to an extension of the Suspended Possession Order for five more years. Another clause was included, which ensures they allow access to the property when given 24 hours’ notice in writing for property inspections to be completed.

Coun. Clare Golby, the Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: “Yet again we have a person here who thought either the rules didn’t apply, or they’d never get caught. They do – and they did.

“This is another good result brought about by the local community working confidentially with council officers to deal with a problem person from their neighbourhood.

“I would ask everyone who is experiencing a hard time with bad neighbours, be that with noise, dogs, fires, drug use or anything else that unnecessarily impacts you in your own home, get together with other neighbours and stand up for one and other.”

She concluded: “There’s much more strength in numbers and good results can be achieved faster if there’s more people involved. Start rooting these people out of our neighbourhoods and make our streets better places to live.”

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