Mediation is a preventative measure designed to stop problems escalating and would be used in circumstances such as neighbour disputes. GreenSquare has a service agreement with community mediation, who are an independent and impartial service.
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts are an early intervention tool designed to be used by landlords, police, and local authorities to agree acceptable behaviours with individuals. A joint meeting with the perpetrator, local police, the council, and GreenSqure is arranged and the terms of the contract are agreed by all parties and set out on the contract. This stays in place and is monitored by the agencies involved. If a breach occurs, further steps may be taken against an individual, which could incur court action.
An injunction is a court order preventing someone from doing something. The civil injunction is put in place to prevent a person or persons causing antisocial behaviour.
A Notice of Seeking Possession means that GreenSquare is giving notice that it is intending to apply to the courts for possession of the property because the tenant has breached their tenancy by causing, or allowing someone in their household to cause, antisocial behaviour to a neighbour or somebody visiting the area or going about their lawful business in the area.
The demoted tenancy, introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, enables housing associations to deal more effectively with antisocial behaviour. It instigates a two-stage regime, entitling such landlords to apply to demote an otherwise secure tenancy; and then, during this demoted period, the landlord may seek possession of the property as of right.
Eviction, as a last resort, will be sought through the courts in order to prevent further nuisance occurring at the property.
A notice will be served on the tenant and the case will be heard in court. The final steps are for bailiffs to attend at the property to accompany former tenants away from the property and the locks are changed.