Approach to Anti-Social Behaviour
We know that anti-social behaviour (ASB) can be a genuine worry for local communities and when it occurs we have a responsibility to deal with it effectively. This means working closely with others such as the police and also the local community. If anyone does provide us with information, we will respect your requirements for confidentiality.
Local information about an incident is really important as we need evidence to build a case for taking action against those involved. When we conclude that a WSHA tenant and /or members of the tenants’ household or a visitor to the house is responsible, we will intervene. For serious breaches or where the behaviour is continuing, we can remove the protection and security of an existing Scottish Secure Tenancy (SST) by converting to a short Scottish Secure Tenancy (short SST). We can do this when there has been proven antisocial behaviour within the previous 3 years.
New legislation that came into force in 2019 streamlines this process - there is now no requirement for the matter to have gone to court or for the person to have an actual conviction for anti-social behaviour. We can use our own criteria to decide the type of anti-social behaviour that could result in a prospective or existing tenant being given a short SST. The short SST must be for a minimum term of 12 months which allows a period to monitor the situation and for us to take appropriate action to end the occurrence. Should there be insufficient improvement in the situation and tenancy conditions have been broken, we can seek recovery of the property through court action. We will notify the tenant of our reason for doing so, and the tenant may, within 14 days of the date of the notice, ask the landlord to review its decision.
Examples of the type of behaviour we may consider to be antisocial could include:
- Acts in an intimidating, abusive or intimidating manner
- Vandalises or damages another person’s property
- Drinks or uses drugs which leads to rowdiness or causes trouble to neighbours
- Carries or uses an offensive weapon
- Causes regular and serous noise disturbances
You can view a copy of our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy here.