Nuisance neighbour loses home

Release Date: 24-Mar-2010
A woman from Earlsheaton has lost her home because of repeated antisocial behaviour and serious racial harassment.
Joanne Hunter, of Syke Road, Earlsheaton, had already been the subject of antisocial behaviour injunctions in 2006 and 2009. However, she continued to abuse her neighbours, so Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) applied to the courts to evict her from her home.

His Honour Judge Shaun Spencer QC at Huddersfield County Court granted Kirklees Council possession in 28 days following a court hearing on 23 and 24 March 2010. An existing injunction was also extended until July 2012.

Paul Buckley, KNH's Director of Neighbourhoods, said “Antisocial behaviour is an issue all over the country and in every kind of community. Although 99% of our tenants want to just get on with their lives and be good neighbours, we do have a minority who seem determined to cause trouble.

“This is a complicated issue to tackle and we will always try to work with tenants to help them settle into their homes and communities. But sometimes, the level of antisocial behaviour is such that we are left with no alternative but to evict them – and that’s not something we take lightly.

“We want to make sure our residents can live peacefully alongside each other but if that doesn’t happen, we won’t hesitate to take appropriate action.”

Although everyone’s individual circumstances are assessed, because of the reasons for her eviction, Hunter is likely to be barred from receiving offers of accommodation from the housing register.

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