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Council tenant evicted after numerous breaches of agreement

A court has evicted a Mansfield District Council tenant following numerous breaches of their tenancy agreement.

The council originally sought a possession order in 2017 to take action against a tenant of Oak Tree Lane for rent arrears.

In July 2021, proceedings were instigated to amend the order to include anti-social behaviour, the condition of the property and the condition of the garden and repairs.

Possession hearings at Mansfield County Court in October and in December 2022 focused on the breaches of the order.

During the hearing on 6 December 2022, the judge made the possession order and accepted an associated undertaking from the tenant.

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An agreement was made between the council and the tenant that they would leave the property by 31 January 2023.

Between August 2021 and January 2022, there were 31 breaches of tenancy, and by the time of the first hearing, there were a further 23 incidents.

Councillor Marion Bradshaw, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing said:

“We are satisfied with the result of this court case. This tenant caused months and months of misery for their neighbours and fellow residents. We will continue to support the tenant in finding suitable accommodation through the homeless prevention strategy.

“The council will always be proactive in taking action against breaches of tenancy conditions and is actively working with its partners, including Nottinghamshire Police to improve the safety of the Oak Tree estate.

“Mansfield District Council has taken the case forward, but I would also like to thank the police, who have had hundreds of calls regarding this tenant and have invested a lot of time in assisting us to reach this stage.

“Hopefully, it is clear from this case that a failure to stick to the tenancy conditions will result in further action being taken.”

The council is working actively with multi-agency partners in the district to allow people to live in their community safely. This joint initiative follows an announcement in 2022 of a successful £33,000 bid for Safer4All funding, which sees the police, fire and council officers work together to improve the quality of day-to-day life on the estate.

The area is currently designated a priority neighbourhood for the council.

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