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Harassment and antisocial behaviour

This content applies to England

Outline of the types of action that might constitute harassment or antisocial behaviour, and explanation of the courses of action and legal remedies that may be available to an occupier.

Before reading this section, it may be useful to refer to the sections Introduction to harassment and antisocial behaviour, Illegal eviction and Antisocial behaviour, which outlines the statutes that may be used to tackle a range of related offences (such as violence and/or criminal damage).

ASB: Overview of legislation

Specific legal remedies available to occupiers experiencing antisocial behaviour and harassment that is not intended to force the occupier to leave her/his accommodation. 

Identifying the nature of the problem

How to identify the nature of the dispute or problem. 

Offences involving violence

Legal remedies available in the case of offences involving violence against persons or property. 

Offences relating to dogs

Legal remedies for offences relating to dogs. 

Environmental nuisance

Legal remedies available in cases of environmental nuisance. 

Negotiation and mediation

The role negotiation or mediation can play in addressing a problem. 

Taking action

The various courses of action that may be available to people experiencing harassment, illegal eviction and/or antisocial behaviour, looking at which course of action is most appropriate in different circumstances. 

Practical steps

Steps that can be taken to tackle a problem, including reporting the matter to the landlord and/or the police, collecting evidence, and the role residents' groups can play. 

Community remedies

Details about the community trigger for victims of persistent anti-social behaviour, and the community remedy for victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Community protection notices (CPNs)

Community protection notices (CPN) can be issued against perpetrators of persistent antisocial behaviour. Failure to comply can lead to a fixed penalty notice, remedial action or a court order. 

Injunctions to prevent nuisance or annoyance (IPNAs)

Injunctions in the context of antisocial behaviour; what an injunction is in general; and the specific types of injunction relevant to cases of antisocial behaviour. 

Criminal behaviour orders

Criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) are aimed at tackling serious and persistent antisocial behaviour and can lead to imprisonment and eviction. 

Closure orders

Closure of premises associated with nuisance or disorder. 

Criminal remedies

An outline of the most commonly used statutes designed to protect the public from antisocial behaviour, harassment, and related offences. 

Possession, demotion and eviction

Possession proceedings against introductory, demoted, secure and assured tenancies. 

Landlord's failure to take action

If, despite complaints being made about a landlord's tenant, the landlord fails to take action, or the victim is not satisfied with the action taken, s/he has a number of options available to her/him. 

Good practice

Good practice in dealing with perpetrators of antisocial behaviour. 

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