Response - Tackling Anti-Social Tenants

By: Nicola Robinson  Published: June 2002


Shelter's response in June 2002 to the DTLR consultation paper, Tackling ASB, focused on the need for greater understanding and expertise in the use of existing enforcement powers and the provision of more resettlement services for people evicted for ASB

Summary

Based on our experience of working with victims and perpetrators of anti-social behaviour, we understand the need to develop long term integrated solutions to what is a complex and multi-faceted problem. We therefore welcome the themes of prevention, enforcement and resettlement emphasised in the consultation paper.

However, we do not believe there is a case for further enforcement powers. The evidence points to a major lack of understanding/expertise about how to use existing powers, particularly among housing officers on the ground. Shelter supports the development of specialist team drawn from a range of agencies who have the expertise and knowledge to deal with this complex problem.

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