New Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill could see rioters evicted regardless of residence

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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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10:06am Mon 13 Jan 14

Purleycalm says...

Excellent, why should taxpayers pay for these criminals.
Excellent, why should taxpayers pay for these criminals. Purleycalm
  • Score: 55

11:10am Mon 13 Jan 14

Niki R says...

So the parents and siblings of a teenager arrested for 'rioting' (that wouldn't be the charge after all) should be evicted because their child did wrong? Each case needs to assessed individually- and the fact they are doing this and drawing up plans to use water cannon on the streets this summer shows they are terrified of unrest once again. How about addressing the causes, not the symptoms?
So the parents and siblings of a teenager arrested for 'rioting' (that wouldn't be the charge after all) should be evicted because their child did wrong? Each case needs to assessed individually- and the fact they are doing this and drawing up plans to use water cannon on the streets this summer shows they are terrified of unrest once again. How about addressing the causes, not the symptoms? Niki R
  • Score: -60

11:14am Mon 13 Jan 14

theavengers says...

100% support. it is up to parents to control their offspring and if they have brought them up to be thugs they should all pay the price. scum breed scum.
100% support. it is up to parents to control their offspring and if they have brought them up to be thugs they should all pay the price. scum breed scum. theavengers
  • Score: 90

12:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

janee says...

How does evicting families help to calm the anger that causes the riots? I have never been involved in riots and don't approve of them but demonising the families does nothing to improve the situation.

It is also the case that British justice has to be seen to be fair. How can it be fair for the family of a rioter can be evicted if they are in rented property but the family of a home owning property escapes that punishment? Is it right that if someone in my household rioted, I would be safe because I own my home, whereas my next door neighbours get evicted because they don't.
How does evicting families help to calm the anger that causes the riots? I have never been involved in riots and don't approve of them but demonising the families does nothing to improve the situation. It is also the case that British justice has to be seen to be fair. How can it be fair for the family of a rioter can be evicted if they are in rented property but the family of a home owning property escapes that punishment? Is it right that if someone in my household rioted, I would be safe because I own my home, whereas my next door neighbours get evicted because they don't. janee
  • Score: -60

12:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

tjames says...

so as a private landlord am i to be compelled to evict someone even if i do not wish to do so? sounds very odd to me--where are these people to go?
so as a private landlord am i to be compelled to evict someone even if i do not wish to do so? sounds very odd to me--where are these people to go? tjames
  • Score: -70

2:08pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

A very dangerous state of affair. One may be frightened to go to a demonstration as sometimes they do turn ugly even though the organiser do state beforehand that it would be a peaceful demonstration.
Is this a way to curb and or frighten those who think they have the right of freedom to demonstrate. Our liberties are getting eroded every day.
A very dangerous state of affair. One may be frightened to go to a demonstration as sometimes they do turn ugly even though the organiser do state beforehand that it would be a peaceful demonstration. Is this a way to curb and or frighten those who think they have the right of freedom to demonstrate. Our liberties are getting eroded every day. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: -60

2:35pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
A very dangerous state of affair. One may be frightened to go to a demonstration as sometimes they do turn ugly even though the organiser do state beforehand that it would be a peaceful demonstration.
Is this a way to curb and or frighten those who think they have the right of freedom to demonstrate. Our liberties are getting eroded every day.
I agree. The BSBV NHS closure plan for major parts of our St. Helier District General Hospital is so outrageous I personally think a bit of rioting would be in order if it would preserve our publically funded local major hospital, and I don't say this lightly. The powers that be, such as Sutton CCG, need to know there is a limit to what the public they should be serving will take.
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: A very dangerous state of affair. One may be frightened to go to a demonstration as sometimes they do turn ugly even though the organiser do state beforehand that it would be a peaceful demonstration. Is this a way to curb and or frighten those who think they have the right of freedom to demonstrate. Our liberties are getting eroded every day.[/p][/quote]I agree. The BSBV NHS closure plan for major parts of our St. Helier District General Hospital is so outrageous I personally think a bit of rioting would be in order if it would preserve our publically funded local major hospital, and I don't say this lightly. The powers that be, such as Sutton CCG, need to know there is a limit to what the public they should be serving will take. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -60

6:32pm Mon 13 Jan 14

GreenBrown says...

They really are afraid of what is sure to happen again and again and again. Creating a class of scum with no aspirations and no chance of changing their lot in life was always going to end in law breaking and disorder. The chickens have come home to roost. The ruling classes, In the late 70s, had a choice. Strive to make society a more equal, nicer place or let free market economy thinking take over as much of life as it could. They chose to champion greed and selfishness and this lower class so to speak is the end result and of course the fact that this country is full or horrible, selfish people nowadays. They chose the wrong option, as has every government since then and I hope one day they will all pay for it dearly. This is just government equipping itself with the tools it needs to stifle dissent among the plebs. It was the same with the anti terror laws and powers the government gave itself. Those powers were used to control the people and harass demonstrators and the like. Big brother is here and has been for years. They don't even bother to hide it anymore. Cars with cameras, driving around, dishing out fines to motorists because they've dared stop in the wrong place to pick up their wife from shopping etc. It's scary how we just continue to sleep walk into the Big brother state we were warned about.
They really are afraid of what is sure to happen again and again and again. Creating a class of scum with no aspirations and no chance of changing their lot in life was always going to end in law breaking and disorder. The chickens have come home to roost. The ruling classes, In the late 70s, had a choice. Strive to make society a more equal, nicer place or let free market economy thinking take over as much of life as it could. They chose to champion greed and selfishness and this lower class so to speak is the end result and of course the fact that this country is full or horrible, selfish people nowadays. They chose the wrong option, as has every government since then and I hope one day they will all pay for it dearly. This is just government equipping itself with the tools it needs to stifle dissent among the plebs. It was the same with the anti terror laws and powers the government gave itself. Those powers were used to control the people and harass demonstrators and the like. Big brother is here and has been for years. They don't even bother to hide it anymore. Cars with cameras, driving around, dishing out fines to motorists because they've dared stop in the wrong place to pick up their wife from shopping etc. It's scary how we just continue to sleep walk into the Big brother state we were warned about. GreenBrown
  • Score: -110

8:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

motomoto says...

Too right that this should be made law......irrespectiv
e of the perpetrators family circumstances evictions should take place swiftly with NO OFFER of alternative accommodation and benefit payments should cease also.
Anybody who lives in social housing that is caught shielding and hiding an evicted family or evicted family member or friend should also be evicted too with NO EXCEPTIONS !
Whilst the eviction is being carried out local council's and housing associations should also be informing neighbouring borough council's and housing groups not to rehouse these people under any circumstance and this will prevent problem family's being shifted onto other estates and causing more problems.......some may say "but where are these people supposed to go ?".......I will say "stop all this "liberal do gooding nonsense and teach these brain dead crash test dummy's a hard life lesson !"
Think about all the poor people and family's who lost their homes and life time momentoes that can never be replaced !......many of these people are in low income jobs and should qualify for social housing so why therefore is at least 80% of social housing full up with "slack jawed......useless..
....work shy.....gormless....
..want and expect something for nothing layabouts who think that they have the god given right to kick off the moment that their benefits are reduced or when somebody gets shot that they don't even know !
we all know that at least 90 % of the perpetrators that took part in the riots come from the type of family's mentioned above......think of all the problems that these "dysfunctional morons" cause on housing estates all over Britain on a daily basis......the government can make further essential cuts on the benefits bill by "washing their hands" of these "useless crash test dummy's".......and the sooner the better !
Too right that this should be made law......irrespectiv e of the perpetrators family circumstances evictions should take place swiftly with NO OFFER of alternative accommodation and benefit payments should cease also. Anybody who lives in social housing that is caught shielding and hiding an evicted family or evicted family member or friend should also be evicted too with NO EXCEPTIONS ! Whilst the eviction is being carried out local council's and housing associations should also be informing neighbouring borough council's and housing groups not to rehouse these people under any circumstance and this will prevent problem family's being shifted onto other estates and causing more problems.......some may say "but where are these people supposed to go ?".......I will say "stop all this "liberal do gooding nonsense and teach these brain dead crash test dummy's a hard life lesson !" Think about all the poor people and family's who lost their homes and life time momentoes that can never be replaced !......many of these people are in low income jobs and should qualify for social housing so why therefore is at least 80% of social housing full up with "slack jawed......useless.. ....work shy.....gormless.... ..want and expect something for nothing layabouts who think that they have the god given right to kick off the moment that their benefits are reduced or when somebody gets shot that they don't even know ! we all know that at least 90 % of the perpetrators that took part in the riots come from the type of family's mentioned above......think of all the problems that these "dysfunctional morons" cause on housing estates all over Britain on a daily basis......the government can make further essential cuts on the benefits bill by "washing their hands" of these "useless crash test dummy's".......and the sooner the better ! motomoto
  • Score: 60

12:02pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

Worried about camera's and big brother , that paranoia for you ,stay off the weed it's obviously not helping you.
Thankfully this is not the 70's why do socialists hark back to 40 years ago?
Worried about camera's and big brother , that paranoia for you ,stay off the weed it's obviously not helping you. Thankfully this is not the 70's why do socialists hark back to 40 years ago? Dr Martin
  • Score: 80

6:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

GreenBrown says...

Dr Martin wrote:
Worried about camera's and big brother , that paranoia for you ,stay off the weed it's obviously not helping you.
Thankfully this is not the 70's why do socialists hark back to 40 years ago?
Like I said, your an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: Worried about camera's and big brother , that paranoia for you ,stay off the weed it's obviously not helping you. Thankfully this is not the 70's why do socialists hark back to 40 years ago?[/p][/quote]Like I said, your an idiot. GreenBrown
  • Score: -65

6:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

Like I said you are a member of the great unwashed
Like I said you are a member of the great unwashed Dr Martin
  • Score: 55

7:05pm Tue 14 Jan 14

GreenBrown says...

I could strive and rise up to be in a higher class than I currently am, but you'd still be an idiot.
I could strive and rise up to be in a higher class than I currently am, but you'd still be an idiot. GreenBrown
  • Score: -65

7:15pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

I am sure you could, but I bet you cant be bothered
I am sure you could, but I bet you cant be bothered Dr Martin
  • Score: 50

1:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

rayleigh123 says...

Don't worry it will NEVER happen

After the riots 3 years back we were told that people could be evicted, i read in the local London paper under the freedom of information act how many people were actually evicted, the grand total ZERO.

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Don't worry it will NEVER happen After the riots 3 years back we were told that people could be evicted, i read in the local London paper under the freedom of information act how many people were actually evicted, the grand total ZERO. . rayleigh123
  • Score: 15

3:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

whataday says...

Shouldn't this apply to all those with history of anti-social behaviour, be they local authority residents, private tenants, owner/occupiers or landlords who persistenly allow anti social behaviour in their premises
Shouldn't this apply to all those with history of anti-social behaviour, be they local authority residents, private tenants, owner/occupiers or landlords who persistenly allow anti social behaviour in their premises whataday
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Let's throw out also those who drink also, those who smoke, those who make too much noise, those who smell a bit cause they don't wash.
All those who are perfect can stay.
Ok, I am moving into Sutton Cemetery with Mohammed if he is still there.
Let's throw out also those who drink also, those who smoke, those who make too much noise, those who smell a bit cause they don't wash. All those who are perfect can stay. Ok, I am moving into Sutton Cemetery with Mohammed if he is still there. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: -30

10:40pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

GreenBrown wrote:
They really are afraid of what is sure to happen again and again and again. Creating a class of scum with no aspirations and no chance of changing their lot in life was always going to end in law breaking and disorder. The chickens have come home to roost. The ruling classes, In the late 70s, had a choice. Strive to make society a more equal, nicer place or let free market economy thinking take over as much of life as it could. They chose to champion greed and selfishness and this lower class so to speak is the end result and of course the fact that this country is full or horrible, selfish people nowadays. They chose the wrong option, as has every government since then and I hope one day they will all pay for it dearly. This is just government equipping itself with the tools it needs to stifle dissent among the plebs. It was the same with the anti terror laws and powers the government gave itself. Those powers were used to control the people and harass demonstrators and the like. Big brother is here and has been for years. They don't even bother to hide it anymore. Cars with cameras, driving around, dishing out fines to motorists because they've dared stop in the wrong place to pick up their wife from shopping etc. It's scary how we just continue to sleep walk into the Big brother state we were warned about.
you have a serious problem with the law, like most stoners
[quote][p][bold]GreenBrown[/bold] wrote: They really are afraid of what is sure to happen again and again and again. Creating a class of scum with no aspirations and no chance of changing their lot in life was always going to end in law breaking and disorder. The chickens have come home to roost. The ruling classes, In the late 70s, had a choice. Strive to make society a more equal, nicer place or let free market economy thinking take over as much of life as it could. They chose to champion greed and selfishness and this lower class so to speak is the end result and of course the fact that this country is full or horrible, selfish people nowadays. They chose the wrong option, as has every government since then and I hope one day they will all pay for it dearly. This is just government equipping itself with the tools it needs to stifle dissent among the plebs. It was the same with the anti terror laws and powers the government gave itself. Those powers were used to control the people and harass demonstrators and the like. Big brother is here and has been for years. They don't even bother to hide it anymore. Cars with cameras, driving around, dishing out fines to motorists because they've dared stop in the wrong place to pick up their wife from shopping etc. It's scary how we just continue to sleep walk into the Big brother state we were warned about.[/p][/quote]you have a serious problem with the law, like most stoners Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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