New Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill could see rioters evicted regardless of residence
People convicted of rioting anywhere in the UK will be liable for eviction from their home if a new bill passes through Parliament this month.
The proposed legislation would make tenants liable for eviction if they are convicted of serious offences in the property or its vicinity and if they breach criminal behaviour orders or noise abatement laws.
It also states those living in council houses, social housing and private properties convicted of "an offence which took place during, and at the scene of, a riot" regardless of where it took place would also face potential eviction, as would their fellow householders.
Ministers have approved the new law, called the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, in principle and it is now being scrutinised in the House of Lords.
The August 2011 riots caused widespread destruction in southwest London, with the worst affected areas in Croydon town centre and around Clapham Junction station in Battersea.
There was also looting in Colliers Wood (Merton), Sutton town centre and Balham.
Under current legislation landlords can seek eviction orders for those involved in disturbances in their local area but not elsewhere in the UK.
Under the new law it would not matter where the disturbance took place for an eviction to be legitimate.
Courts could only act if they decided the grounds for eviction were "reasonable", if cases were brought to them within 12 months of a conviction and if the landlords clearly stated the grounds on which they were seeking the expulsion.
Judges, it insists, will be able to take into account the impact on other family members, including children, when deciding whether to grant a possession order.
In 2012, Wandsworth Council announced it would not be pursuing the eviction of Daniel Sartain-Clarke
Following a meeting with the rioter's mother Maite de la Calva, the council agreed not to evict the family, subject to receiving written assurances that there would be no further breaches of her tenancy agreement.
Council tenants must sign a binding agreement that neither they nor any of their household members will engage in criminal or anti-social behaviour anywhere in the borough.
Those doing so, or behaving in a way which causes fear, harassment or nuisance to other residents face potential eviction.
Last summer, the council successfully evicted a man convicted of taking part in the August 2011 riots.
Looter Jonathan Mason, 37, of Fontley Way, Roehampton, was booted out of his flat on the anniversary of his involvement in the disorder.
He was the first council house tenant be evicted based upon his actions during the civil unrest.
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