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Private Landlords sign up to fight anti-social behaviour

Published Monday, 19 November 2012

Private landlords have signed up to help the police and Enfield Council tackle anti-social behaviour by completing a training course designed to help them find out how to deal more quickly and effectively to complaints from tenants.

The scheme, organised by Enfield Council's Community Safety Unit, was attended by members from the Metropolitan Police, Victim Support and other agencies aims to offer private tenants the same protection from harassment and abuse as council tenants and encourage landlords to work closely with statutory organisation to reduce the likelihood of anti-social behaviour from happening and react more quickly to complaints.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "We are determined to tackle anti-social behaviour which can ruin the lives of those people being persistently targeted for abuse and we are doing everything we can to support residents, tenants and our partners to deal quickly and effectively with complaints.

"Some of our private landlords are good at taking the necessary steps to protect their tenants and this project is about building on the good work people are already doing, and encouraging others to do more, to reduce the risk of people being abused and harassed and improve the way we tackle anti-social behaviour across Enfield."

In 2011/12 Enfield Council dealt with 1,300 incidents of anti social behaviour ranging from neighbour disputes to closing crack houses.  In the last 12 months the Council has agreed four Dispersal Orders in an effort to deal with anti social behaviour in specific locations and has issued eight Anti Social Behaviour Orders.

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