Nuisance and ASB
Options to deal with nuisance, noise and antisocial behaviour (ASB).
Effective use of the planning regulations can prevent irritation and ill health caused by undesired sounds.
People affected by noise can deal with it through mediation and negotiation or can take action against occupiers causing noise.
Occupiers may be able to take action over noise caused by disrepair at the occupier's own property or noise such as aircraft, building sites, burglar alarms, or entertainment.
Councils have a duty to take reasonable steps to investigate complaints of noise and to inspect its area to detect any statutory nuisance.
In any case involving a community or neighbourhood dispute, it is essential to assess whether the actions of the people concerned are antisocial in nature.
Legal remedies for occupiers experiencing antisocial behaviour and harassment that is not aimed at forcing occupiers to leave their accommodation.
Steps that can be taken to tackle a problem and the role of residents’ groups, including reporting the matter to the landlord or the police and collecting evidence.
The desired outcomes, the security of tenure of the occupier, and the seriousness of the offences must be considered when deciding on the best next steps.
Options if complaints are made about antisocial behaviour and the landlord fails to take action or the action taken is unsatisfactory.
The community trigger gives victims the right for a review of their complaints, and the community remedy allows them an input into the punishment of perpetrators.
A community protection notice (CPN) can be issued against a persistent antisocial behaviour perpetrator, and the failure to comply can lead to sanctions.
Police or any social landlord can apply for an injunction to prevent nuisance or annoyance (IPNA) to stop antisocial behaviour of any person aged 10 or over.
Criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) are aimed at tackling serious and persistent antisocial behaviour and can lead to imprisonment and eviction.
Police and local authorities can apply for injunctions to prevent gang related violence and drug dealing activity.
Closure of premises to prevent or deal with public nuisance and disorder comprises of the issuing of a closure notice followed by a closure order.