Tenant evicted from council property in Belle Isle due to anti-social behaviour

Leeds, Leeds Star

A Leeds City Council tenant has been evicted from a property in south Leeds this week due to their continued anti-social behaviour.

This follows a Warrant to Evict notice being secured by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) and partners including West Yorkshire Police at Leeds County Court, after Mr James Bateson had ignored a Possession Order ruling secured by the council for the property which required he leave 47 Belle Isle Circus in Belle Isle.

The decision to seek the initial Possession Order was taken after various instances of anti-social behaviour by the tenant, which included damage to council property, noise nuisance and intimidating and threatening behaviour to neighbours that were recorded as hate incidents. After ignoring warnings to leave the property following the granting of the Possession Order, LASBT and partners were left with little option but to seek an immediate eviction order against the tenant.

Any residents suffering from any form of anti-social behaviour can get in touch with LASBT in the following ways: To report in the daytime call 0113 222 4402 or out of hours on 0113 3950143 (between 6pm and 3.30am).

Councillor Deborah Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities, said:

“We know the distress and misery that can be caused by anti-social behaviour in our communities, and residents can be assured we will use every tool at our disposal to put a stop to it immediately.

“Taking action through the courts is not something that we consider lightly, but we were left with no option in this case given the tenant’s completely unacceptable conduct. These included incidents of hate, which is something we have said very clearly will not be tolerated in any form. Every person in Leeds has the right to be able to live and work peacefully in the city and we will continue to take action where we see this kind of behaviour.

“Nobody should have to suffer in silence from anti-social behaviour and I would urge anyone who is experiencing any problems to contact our dedicated LASBT team as soon as possible.”

Superintendent Sam Millar, who heads Safer Leeds, said:

“This latest action around this particular property should demonstrate our ongoing to commitment to making full use of the available legislation to target behaviour that impacts negatively on the quality of life of the community as a whole.

“People who persist in this type of behaviour should recognise that there are consequences and we hope the action we have taken here will serve as a deterrent to others.”