Anti-social behaviour

Dealing with anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is any act that causes – or is likely to cause – alarm, harassment or distress.

It is also any act that can cause nuisance or annoyance related either to housing or the affected person's occupation of their home.

Examples of anti-social behaviour (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
  • acceptable behaviour agreement
  • community protection warning
  • community protection notice
  • criminal behaviour orders
  • notice of seeking possession
  • closure orders
  • civil injunctions
  • eviction

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