Landlords will be able to evict tenants who disrupt neighbours or fall behind on their rent within two weeks under antisocial behaviour crackdown plans
- Landlords will be able to evict tenants ‘capable’ of ‘nuisance or annoyance’
- The government plans mean that eviction cases will be prioritised by the courts
- Renters Reform Bill will outline changes and will provide protection for tenants
- Homeowners using Airbnb will have to register on database to track complaints
Landlords will be given the power to evict tenants who disrupt their neighbours, cause damage to their property or fall behind on their rent within two weeks under a government crackdown on antisocial behaviour.
All new private tenancy agreements will need to include clauses which ban antisocial behaviour and the notice period for eviction on these grounds will be shortened from four to two weeks, The Times reported.
Being ‘persistently problematic tenants’ will be grounds for eviction.
The plans also mean that evictions will be carried out more quickly, with proposals to prioritise cases in court.
New legislation will also require judges to consider the impact on neighbours, landlords and housemates, and if the tenant has failed to manage their behaviour.
A Renters Reform Bill will outline the changes, and will also include protection for tenants, such as bans on no-fault evictions and on rent rises more than once a year.
In a bid to crack down on ‘party houses’, homeowners who rent out their properties on Airbnb will also have to register on a new database, which will help local authorities to deal with complaints.
The proposals are part of Rishi Sunak’s plans to put an end to nuisance staycation ‘party houses’
Under his action plan, drug testing of criminals will be more prevalent, on-the-spot fines for graffiti and fly-tipping will be increased and more money will be ploughed into youth centres in a bid to improve neighbourhoods
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Facing MPs in the Commons today, Ms Braverman cited ’emerging evidence that it does cause serious harm to health and wellbeing’ as being behind the ban.
The proposals are part of Rishi Sunak’s plans to put an end to nuisance staycation ‘party houses’.
The Government intends to stop short-term accommodation ‘importing anti-social behaviour’ into neighbourhoods.
‘We will do this by setting up a new registration scheme giving local authorities the data to easily identify short-term lets in their area,’ it said. ‘If a let proves problematic, they can take action against guests and owners.’
The Government said it would publish a consultation on the scheme shortly.
Mr Sunak yesterday apologised to a 73-year-old man who said a pub in his Essex village had been turned into a holiday let, with loud music, boozy parties and swearing deep into the night. The PM said it was ‘common courtesy and decency’ that people ‘should not be having incredibly noisy parties at 3am’.
Stressing the importance of ‘strong communities built on values’, Mr Sunak insisted that anti-social behaviour was ‘not the type of country we are and that is why it is important we do something about it’.
Under his action plan, drug testing of criminals will be more prevalent, on-the-spot fines for graffiti and fly-tipping will be increased and more money will be ploughed into youth centres in a bid to improve neighbourhoods. Proposals for ‘immediate justice’ will aim to make perpetrators repair and clean up their mess and damage within 48 hours of being handed community orders.
Offenders will be made to wear high-vis vests or jumpsuits and work under supervision while picking up litter, removing graffiti and even washing police cars.
Victims of anti-social behaviour will be given a say in how criminals are disciplined to ensure justice is visible and fits the crime, according to the Department for Levelling Up.
And in what is being called ‘hotspot policing’, some areas will trial the deployment of extra patrols.
In a bid to crack down on ‘party houses’, homeowners who rent out their properties on Airbnb will also have to register on a new database, which will help local authorities to deal with complaint
Mr Sunak yesterday apologised to a 73-year-old man who said a pub in his Essex village had been turned into a holiday let, with loud music, boozy parties and swearing deep into the night
Police will also be given new powers to drug test suspected criminals on arrest for substances including cannabis, speed and ketamine
Fly-tipping and grafittiing will be punishable with fines of up to £1,000 under plans Mr Sunak unveiled in Essex today
Anti-social behaviour clampdown at a glance:
Drugs: Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, will be banned because of reported links between the drug and nuisance or anti-social behaviour. Police will also be given new powers to drug test suspected criminals on arrest for substances including cannabis, speed and ketamine.
Flytipping: Fines for fly tipping, graffiti and littering will be increased up to £1,000, and council league tables will be published for fly tippers.
Begging: It will be made an offence for criminal gangs to organise begging networks for extra cash.
Reporting tool: A one-stop-shop for reporting anti-social behaviour will be developed, which will also provide updates on what action is being taken by local police and councils.
Community payback: Offenders will be made to wear high-vis vests or jumpsuits as they pick up litter, remove graffiti and wash police cars as punishment for their actions. Victims of anti-social behaviour will get a say in the punishment.
Unruly tenants: Landlords and housing associations will get more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives through disorderly behaviour.
Empty shops: Councils will be granted new powers to quickly take control and sell off empty shop buildings.
Youth services: Youngsters in areas with the highest rates of anti-social behaviour will get an extra one million hours of youth services to prevent offending.
Green spaces: Up to £5million will be spent making parks and green spaces safer, with CCTV, playground repairs and planting more trees and flowers.
Mr Sunak told Jeff Jones, who made the complaint about the former pub in Essex: ‘I am sorry you’re having to deal with that.’
Mr Jones, who spent half a century working in the music industry, said afterward: ‘I’m glad Mr Sunak is taking this seriously. It’s a massive problem across the country.’
He said Great Baddow had been blighted since the village’s Kings Head was converted to allow large group bookings. He added: ‘The people renting it turn up, they bring as much booze as they want and then they party for two or three days.
‘It’s dreadful. We have complained to environmental health but they have to get officers to witness our complaints first hand.
‘There’s always swearing, amplified music, and it’s even worse in the summer because they are in the garden from the afternoon until the early hours.’ Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove this month announced plans to bring in laws aimed at restricting the growth of Airbnb holiday homes in beauty spots.
He warned of a ‘problem’ with owners turning properties into short-term lets in tourist areas, hindering the ability of young workers to find a place to live.
Residents in hotspots such as Cornwall and the Peak District have also complained that short-term private holiday lets have had a significantly detrimental impact on their communities, with second homes lying vacant for much of the year. Analysis has suggested one in every four homes is used for Airbnb in some parts of England.
Airbnb has soared in popularity since homeowners first started renting out their properties with the online service in around 2009.
It has coincided with a boom in the domestic travel industry, with holidaymakers opting to stay in the UK.
But there have also been occasions where renters have held parties, in contravention of Airbnb policies.
In 2017, Greater Manchester Police were called when dozens of young people descended on a suburban semi-detached home in Droylsden advertised at just £50 a night. And more than 50 Met police officers were needed to shut down a 150-strong gathering at an Airbnb property in London in 2020, in contravention of coronavirus curbs.
Earlier this month, a university couple were fined for breaching lockdown rules after hosting a birthday party that led to a £2million Airbnb Sandbanks mansion being trashed in March 2021.
There were reports of drug paraphernalia and laughing gas canisters being left behind. The property’s owner, businessman Nick Briant, told the court it cost ‘about £1,000 of deep cleaning, cleaning carpets and repainting walls’ to fix the damage. An Airbnb spokesman said: ‘Parties are banned on Airbnb and our industry-leading prevention technology blocked more than 84,000 people in the UK from making certain unwanted bookings last year.
‘Our 24/7 hotline for neighbours means anyone can contact us directly about a concern with a listing and we investigate and take action.
‘We are committed to being good partners to local communities in the UK, and have long supported the introduction of a national short-term lets register to give authorities better visibility of activity in their area.’
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