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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

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Absolute ground for possession: assured tenancies

97Corresponding new ground and notice requirements for assured tenancies

(1)In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988 (assured tenancies: grounds on which court must order possession), after ground 7 there is inserted—

  • Ground 7A

    Any of the following conditions is met.

    Condition 1 is that—

    (a)

    the tenant, or a person residing in or visiting the dwelling-house, has been convicted of a serious offence, and

    (b)

    the serious offence—

    (i)

    was committed (wholly or partly) in, or in the locality of, the dwelling-house,

    (ii)

    was committed elsewhere against a person with a right (of whatever description) to reside in, or occupy housing accommodation in the locality of, the dwelling-house, or

    (iii)

    was committed elsewhere against the landlord of the dwelling-house, or a person employed (whether or not by the landlord) in connection with the exercise of the landlord’s housing management functions, and directly or indirectly related to or affected those functions.

    Condition 2 is that a court has found in relevant proceedings that the tenant, or a person residing in or visiting the dwelling-house, has breached a provision of an injunction under section 1 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, other than a provision requiring a person to participate in a particular activity, and—

    (a)

    the breach occurred in, or in the locality of, the dwelling-house, or

    (b)

    the breach occurred elsewhere and the provision breached was a provision intended to prevent—

    (i)

    conduct that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person with a right (of whatever description) to reside in, or occupy housing accommodation in the locality of, the dwelling-house, or

    (ii)

    conduct that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to the landlord of the dwelling-house, or a person employed (whether or not by the landlord) in connection with the exercise of the landlord’s housing management functions, and that is directly or indirectly related to or affects those functions.

    Condition 3 is that the tenant, or a person residing in or visiting the dwelling-house, has been convicted of an offence under section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 consisting of a breach of a provision of a criminal behaviour order prohibiting a person from doing anything described in the order, and the offence involved—

    (a)

    a breach that occurred in, or in the locality of, the dwelling-house, or

    (b)

    a breach that occurred elsewhere of a provision intended to prevent—

    (i)

    behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to a person with a right (of whatever description) to reside in, or occupy housing accommodation in the locality of, the dwelling-house, or

    (ii)

    behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to the landlord of the dwelling-house, or a person employed (whether or not by the landlord) in connection with the exercise of the landlord’s housing management functions, and that is directly or indirectly related to or affects those functions.

    Condition 4 is that—

    (a)

    the dwelling-house is or has been subject to a closure order under section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and

    (b)

    access to the dwelling-house has been prohibited (under the closure order or under a closure notice issued under section 76 of that Act) for a continuous period of more than 48 hours.

    Condition 5 is that—

    (a)

    the tenant, or a person residing in or visiting the dwelling-house, has been convicted of an offence under—

    (i)

    section 80(4) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (breach of abatement notice in relation to statutory nuisance), or

    (ii)

    section 82(8) of that Act (breach of court order to abate statutory nuisance etc.), and

    (b)

    the nuisance concerned was noise emitted from the dwelling-house which was a statutory nuisance for the purposes of Part 3 of that Act by virtue of section 79(1)(g) of that Act (noise emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance).

    Condition 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 is not met if—

    (a)

    there is an appeal against the conviction, finding or order concerned which has not been finally determined, abandoned or withdrawn, or

    (b)

    the final determination of the appeal results in the conviction, finding or order being overturned.

    In this ground—

    • “relevant proceedings” means proceedings for contempt of court or proceedings under Schedule 2 to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014;

    • “serious offence” means an offence which—

      (a)

      was committed on or after the day on which this ground comes into force,

      (b)

      is specified, or falls within a description specified, in Schedule 2A to the Housing Act 1985 at the time the offence was committed and at the time the court is considering the matter, and

      (c)

      is not an offence that is triable only summarily by virtue of section 22 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 (either-way offences where value involved is small).

(2)In section 8 of that Act (notice of proceedings for possession)—

(a)in subsection (3)(b), for “subsections (4)” there is substituted “subsections (3A)”;

(b)after subsection (3) there is inserted—

(3A)If a notice under this section specifies in accordance with subsection (3)(a) Ground 7A in Schedule 2 to this Act (whether with or without other grounds), the date specified in the notice as mentioned in subsection (3)(b) is not to be earlier than—

(a)in the case of a periodic tenancy, the earliest date on which, apart from section 5(1), the tenancy could be brought to an end by a notice to quit given by the landlord on the same date as the date of service of the notice under this section;

(b)in the case of a fixed term tenancy, one month after the date on which the notice was served.;

(c)in subsection (4), for “(whether with or without other grounds)” there is substituted “(whether without other grounds or with any ground other than Ground 7A)”;

(d)in subsection (4A), after “other than Ground” there is inserted “7A or”;

(e)after subsection (4B) there is inserted—

(4C)A notice under this section that specifies in accordance with subsection (3)(a) Ground 7A in Schedule 2 to this Act (whether with or without other grounds) must be served on the tenant within the time period specified in subsection (4D), (4E) or (4F).

(4D)Where the landlord proposes to rely on condition 1, 3 or 5 in Ground 7A, the notice must be served on the tenant within—

(a)the period of 12 months beginning with the day of the conviction, or

(b)if there is an appeal against the conviction, the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which the appeal is finally determined or abandoned.

(4E)Where the landlord proposes to rely on condition 2 in Ground 7A, the notice must be served on the tenant within—

(a)the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which the court has made the finding, or

(b)if there is an appeal against the finding, the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which the appeal is finally determined, abandoned or withdrawn.

(4F)Where the landlord proposes to rely on condition 4 in Ground 7A, the notice must be served on the tenant within—

(a)the period of 3 months beginning with the day on which the closure order was made, or

(b)if there is an appeal against the making of the order, the period of 3 months beginning with the day on which the appeal is finally determined, abandoned or withdrawn.;

(f)in subsection (5), after “Ground” there is inserted “7A or”.

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