Anti-social behaviour

Dealing with anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is any act that causes – or is likely to cause – alarm, harassment or distress to anyone living in a different household to the person responsible.

Examples of ASB include:

  • noise nuisance
  • drug taking and dealing
  • threatening or rowdy behaviour
  • violence and disorder
  • vandalism

Anti-social behaviour, hate crime and domestic abuse can severely affect the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. We treat seriously all reports of ASB.

Report anti-social behaviour

We deal with ASB where the person causing the problem is a council tenant or it affects a council tenant. You can:

What we can do

People accused of ASB may not know they are causing a problem. Letting them know someone has complained can sometimes makes things better. We never say who has made the complaint.

If speaking to them doesn't solve the problem, a number of options are open to us, including:

  • warning letters
  • good neighbour agreements
  • acceptable behaviour contracts
  • criminal behaviour orders
  • closure power
  • civil injunctions
  • eviction

While we don't want to make people homeless, sometimes a serious breach of a tenancy agreement could result in eviction.

Essex Police has given us authority – called community safety accreditation scheme powers – that includes power to:

  • require persons to give their name and address if we believe they have committed a relevant offence
  • require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol
  • seize tobacco from anyone under 16 years-old
  • issue Fixed Penalty Notices for certain offences

Case reviews

You can ask for an anti-social behaviour case review if you're unhappy with the way we've dealt with your report of ASB. For a case review you must:

  • have made 3 separate reports of ASB or 1 report of a hate incident
  • apply within 6 months of making those reports
  • not apply if you have already made a complaint that is still being dealt with