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Council tenant evicted after failing to pay over £2,000 rent

A council tenant has been ordered to give up possession of his property following months of drug-related activity and failing to pay over £2,000 in rent.

Mr Mark Smith was evicted from 38 Creswell Road, Worksop, following a hearing at Mansfield County Court on 19 January 2023 where Bassetlaw District Council were granted a Possession Order for the property.

Smith must also pay back the rent arrears he accumulated and the Council’s legal costs, totalling £2,524.49.

Working in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police, the Council served Mr Smith with notice to end his tenancy in November 2022.

The notice set out 35 incidents which included instances of suspected drug dealing and drug-related activity.

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There were also frequent arguments at the property that disturbed local residents, and large numbers of visitors to the address around the clock. When Nottinghamshire Police raided the address, they found signs of drug use and a weapon inside.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council said: “Gaining possession of someone’s home is always a final resort, but when a tenant is involved with problematic and in some cases illegal activity, in addition to continuously failing to pay their rent, the Council is left with little option.

“Our Housing Team provided Mr Smith with ample opportunity to change his ways but unfortunately the issues continued, leaving the Council with no choice but to pursue legal action.

“Council Housing in Bassetlaw is in great demand and we have thousands of tenants who pay their rent each week without any fuss. I’m pleased that this home can now be re-let to someone who will appreciate their new home.”

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