Leigh Park tenants’ victory as woman is evicted for making too much noise

A judge at Portsmouth Crown Court awarded Portsmouth City Council outright possession of the property
A judge at Portsmouth Crown Court awarded Portsmouth City Council outright possession of the property

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PEOPLE in a housing block are celebrating a triumph against anti-social behaviour after a tenant was evicted for making too much noise.

Portsmouth City Council was awarded outright possession of a Leigh Park property and the eviction of a tenant who had been a prolonged nuisance to her neighbours and the area.

The nuisance at Andover House in Broadmere Avenue, had escalated since the summer with loud, drunken parties most weekends, and music blaring until 7am the following day in some cases.

Large numbers of people had been congregating in and around the property, and loud music, shouting, screaming, and banging of doors in and out of the property were reported. There were also reports of youths fighting in the car park and suspected substance misuse, although there was no evidence for this.

Communal areas were often littered with beer cans, broken bottles, and cigarette ends, and urine and blood spatters could be seen on the walls.

A judge at Portsmouth Crown Court awarded Portsmouth City Council outright possession in 14 days and the tenant was ordered to pay £1,500 costs to the council.

Residents had complained to the Leigh Park Area Housing Office and Police over the past few months, with many too terrified to leave their homes at night.

Others have had to stay with friends or at a hotel just so they could get some sleep.

Many residents reported that their friends and relatives refused to visit them as were too frightened.

David Mearns, assistant housing manager for Portsmouth City Council said: ‘This is a good outcome for the residents of Andover House and the Leigh Park area.

‘Finally they will be able to enjoy their homes and neighbourhood in peace and quiet.

‘They have suffered months of abuse and sleepless nights as a result of the nuisance caused by this individual and her visitors.

‘Portsmouth City Council take anti-social behaviour extremely seriously.

‘We will not hesitate to take action against those tenants who persistently refuse to act in a reasonable manner.’

Portsmouth City Council worked closely with police to carry out joint visits and collate evidence for the hearing, and the tenant was warned in June that court action will commence if the nuisance did not stop.

The judge described her behaviour as ‘outrageous, selfish, vile and disgraceful’.