12 Jul 2013

Property repossessed in Malmesbury

A man had his property in Malmesbury repossessed yesterday (Thursday, 11 July 2013) after repeatedly breaching the terms of an injunction obtained against him in February by housing group GreenSquare.

Mr Garrard, who disrupted his neighbours with continuous shouting and noise, was offered an Acceptable Behaviour Contract on 1 February 2013 asking him to keep the noise to a minimum, which he refused to accept.  On 21 February 2013, Swindon County Court issued an injunction stating that if he didn’t comply with requests to keep the noise levels down, he would face having his home repossessed.

On 28 March 2013, for continuing to break the terms of his starter tenancy agreement, a two month notice of eviction was sent to him.  After repeatedly breaching his injunction, on 16 April 2013 the county court sentenced Mr Garrard to a 42 day suspended prison sentence. He hasn’t been seen at the address since 9 May 2013 and GreenSquare has now taken possession of the property and the locks have been changed.

Anna Kelly, Senior Antisocial Behaviour Officer, said: “Eviction is always a last resort, however, we had to bear in mind the effect that Mr Garrard’s behaviour was having on other residents. We worked hard to ensure that this man had access to support and opportunity to change his ways, but he refused to understand that there was a problem with his behaviour.

“As a responsible landlord, we ensure that all new tenants are given a starter tenancy of 12 months, which is similar to a ‘trial’ period – in this case, it enabled us to take swift action to ensure the disruption to other residents came to an end.”