The House of Commons has released an accessible briefing paper, Anti-social neighbours living in private housing (England), which summarises the legal position and potential remedies available where people find themselves living next to anti-social neighbours in privately owned property.
The paper outlines legal steps that can be taken to address anti-social behaviour. These include:
- Steps a landlord can take to control their tenants' anti-social behaviour (paragraphs 1.2 - 1.3).
- Remedies available to neighbours of anti-social private tenants (paragraph 1.4).
- Remedies available to neighbours of anti-social owner-occupiers (paragraph 3.1).
- Local authorities' powers to control anti-social behaviour (paragraphs 2.1 - 2.10).
The paper also describes owner-occupiers' disclosure duties when selling a property after they have complained about anti-social behaviour whilst living at that property (paragraph 3.2). Failure to disclose details of complaints when asked could lead to the new owners taking legal action. Such failure may also constitute a criminal offence.
Private landlords can contact our Housing Management team to discuss anti-social tenants on 020 8290 7347 or get in touch using our Contact Form