Anti-Social Behaviour Bill — nearly there

By Alex Loxton

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (ASBO) received royal assent on 13 March 2014 and it is anticipated that it will come into force in the autumn of 2014. The act represents the largest overhaul of the anti-social behaviour (ASB) tools available to social landlords in many years.

The ASBO is being abolished and there are various tidying-up provisions to closure orders. Some of the biggest changes that will be implemented, however, are the new mandatory grounds for possession and the restyled injunction ‘to prevent nuisance and annoyance’.

The test in relation to residential accommodation of any tenure is ‘nuisance and annoyance’. However, the test generally not re: residential property will be the old ASBO test — behaviour that has caused ‘harassment, alarm or distress’…

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