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Apr 9 2005 22:18
Tenant contracts to stop anti-social behaviour

what do people make of this:

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Copyright Daily Telegraph Apr 5, 2005

NEW tenants on a housing estate are being required to sign a legally-binding contract not to swear in public.

The move is aimed at curbing anti-social behaviour that has plagued the Hollingdean estate in Brighton for years.

New council or housing association tenants will have to sign the agreement, which also outlaws loud music, fly tipping and careless driving. Persistent rule-breakers face losing their homes.

Faye Cooper, the estate's safety co-ordinator who has helped negotiate the agreement with housing associations, the city council and police, said: ``There are 10 housing associations and the council providing accommodation on this estate, so we wanted everyone to be following the same rules.

``We want to help people who are causing problems to change their behaviour before we need to enforce the rules but there is now a legal back-up if we need it.

``The estate has its fair share of harassment, noise, fly tipping and groups of young people who aren't necessarily bad but aren't behaving properly.

``All these things can create a bad atmosphere, which is what we want to tackle.''

when i was told about the story (i just downloaded it), i was under the impression this was a tenent lead initiative, but on reading the article, it isnt clear, in fact it seems more likely it is being imposed from above. also strange that only new tenents have to sign up. is this contract genuinely trying to stop anti-social behaviour, or is it the thin edge of a wedge, that will be used to kick out tenents more easily?

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Apr 9 2005 22:55

Yeah, sounds like it - if it's a legally binding contract and they can use it as an excuse to evict people there must presumably be some authority with the power to do that behind it.

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Apr 10 2005 13:30

Hmmm yeah that sounds pretty fucked!

Bob Ebay
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Apr 17 2005 21:35

Is also popular on the estate. The idea came from tenants and also includes other anti social behaviour. Its more aspirational than enforcable.I think the general idea is known as community contracts.

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Apr 18 2005 08:54

As far as I know the contract itself doesn't allow for evictions, but breach of it can lead to ASBOs which can then lead to evictions.

The general attitude though is kind of a right-wing approach to something we've been mouthing off about for ages, i.e bringing back a degree of community self-control and not having people rely on the state to sort it for them. To a limited degree - i.e with the full and sensible co-operation of all involved - It could well be a good thing for keeping people who make life miserable otherwise in line.

The problem is that without substantial social change and a sense of community responsibility (as opposed to rampant Nimbyism) to back it up, those new laws also act as a free license for people to get rid of anyone they don't like, thus doing the usual rightist trick of trying to foist problem tenants on someone else.

As it's a legal system it also gives corporate owners and community tories the power to control renters/neighbours to the very smallest level without placing on them the least responsibility for their own actions - they can hide behind the state.

This has already been seen in a couple of ASBOs round my way, which included one kid going down for four months after breaking an order not to go to the park, imposed because he'd been too loud and done some graffiti, apparently.

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Apr 18 2005 09:11

Councils love changing and amending these things as well.

A recent change with Hackney Council is that if you rent a garage off them, you are not allowed to keep anything in it except a car.

No old tables, no boxes, no bits and bobs you can't find room for anywhere else.

Why should it matter what you do with it, if you are playing them for the bloody thing?

Con Carroll
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Apr 18 2005 11:46

In Dublin they have been urging tenants to buy their flats from the Dublin corporation=council housing or handing over the flats to private owners.

A small groupof people in Dublin 8 were succesful in stopping their planned agenda

In other parts of Dublin not one of the elected wankers in City hall who call themselves councillors have bothered to contact local people living in the area to start a campaign opposong privitisation. Until the bright sparks in Labour who will tonight in a flats complex.

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Apr 20 2005 16:26
gav wrote:
what do people make of this:
Quote:
Copyright Daily Telegraph Apr 5, 2005

NEW tenants on a housing estate are being required to sign a legally-binding contract not to swear in public.

The move is aimed at curbing anti-social behaviour that has plagued the Hollingdean estate in Brighton for years.

New council or housing association tenants will have to sign the agreement, which also outlaws loud music, fly tipping and careless driving. Persistent rule-breakers face losing their homes.

Faye Cooper, the estate's safety co-ordinator who has helped negotiate the agreement with housing associations, the city council and police, said: ``There are 10 housing associations and the council providing accommodation on this estate, so we wanted everyone to be following the same rules.

``We want to help people who are causing problems to change their behaviour before we need to enforce the rules but there is now a legal back-up if we need it.

``The estate has its fair share of harassment, noise, fly tipping and groups of young people who aren't necessarily bad but aren't behaving properly.

``All these things can create a bad atmosphere, which is what we want to tackle.''

when i was told about the story (i just downloaded it), i was under the impression this was a tenent lead initiative, but on reading the article, it isnt clear, in fact it seems more likely it is being imposed from above. also strange that only new tenents have to sign up. is this contract genuinely trying to stop anti-social behaviour, or is it the thin edge of a wedge, that will be used to kick out tenents more easily?

You've gotta love my estate! Been to busy to check it out!