Islington council has been granted an order for possession pursuant to the absolute grounds for possession for anti-social behaviour found in Condition 1 and Condition 2 of section 84A Housing Act 1985.
Islington Council took action against a tenant in Biddestone Road who had been subject to criminal charges for several drug related offences dating back to October 2014. The tenant was sentenced in September 2015 for the following offences:
Possession with intent to supply class B controlled drugs
Possession of class A controlled drugs viz heroin and cocaine
Possession of a prohibited weapon (a stun gun)
Possession of criminal property
Upon sentencing Islington council commenced legal action to recover the property using the absolute grounds for possession, which had been introduced as one of the powers of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. This act provides social and private landlords with a new absolute grounds for possession to allow swifter eviction of tenants where anti-social behaviour or criminality has already been proven by another court.
The tenant was evicted on 2 November 2016. Whilst eviction is a last resort Islington Council will pursue this action where the anti-social behaviour or criminality is severe and ongoing, to protect our residents.