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Prisoner evicted after allowing squatters in his council flat

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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A PRISONER serving time for knife crime offences has been evicted from his council flat after allowing a group of squatters to stay in the empty property.

Staff at Gloucester City Homes stepped in quickly to deal with the situation following reports that friends of the tenant were squatting in the Matson flat.

Gloucester City Homes managed to avoid a lengthy court case by persuading the tenant to end their tenancy.

He was evicted from the property within eight working days, which was welcome news to neighbours who were concerned about anti-social behaviour.

Sara Hendry, anti-social behaviour manager for Gloucester City Homes, said: ‘If a tenant is sent to prison for any length of time, their tenancy might be at risk and they could end up being evicted for reasons such as buildup of rent arrears, anti-social behaviour grounds, or sub-letting the whole property without permission of the landlord.

“Going to court to end a tenancy can be costly and inconvenient for all involved.

“Although we do not encourage anyone to give up their tenancy and always advise tenants to seek independent legal advice, in this scenario the decision to end the tenancy was sensible based on the current circumstances and evidence amassed for breaches to the tenancy.”

It was against the tenancy agreement for friends to be staying in the Gloucester City Homes property.

There was also evidence that illegal activity was taking place.

This immediately prompted anti-social behaviour officers from Gloucester City Home to visit the property with the police.

An officer then visited the tenant in prison to serve a legal notice and provided evidence of the tenancy breaches.

The tenant then agreed to formally end the tenancy.

From receiving the report, to formally ending the tenancy, it took Gloucester City Homes’ anti-social behaviour officers just eight working days to evict the tenant.

Gloucester City Homes manages more than 4,800 properties in Gloucester on behalf of the city council.

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