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To get help from Citizens

Advice, contact:

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In Northamptonshire

01604 235080

www.bureau.northampton

cab@cabnet.org.uk

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In Leicestershire

01530 551420

www.leicscab.org.uk

Tell the local office that you

are an emh homes resident

when you get in touch.

The lives of residents at a block of flats

in Derbyshire were severely affected

by the behaviour of one occupier and

visitors to her home. Frequent noise,

arguments, abuse, fights, drinking and

other serious behaviour meant that

emh homes took legal action for

breach of the tenancy agreement.

But the case only succeeded because

of the first-hand statements and court

evidence given by public-spirited

neighbours who were not prepared to

put up with these problems any longer.

Mariette

was one of the

local residents who attended

the hearing to tell the judge about

the impact on her and other

neighbours, including the elderly

woman who lived directly below

the flat at the centre of the trouble.

“It was diabolical,”

said Mariette.

“ There was lots of drinking on the

street, swearing, abuse and shouting

at neighbours all the time. I had the pot

plants outside my house smashed. My

neighbour who was 91 years old and

had lived here for 27 years had to

move because of the situation. It

drove us mad.

“ I got a lot of abuse, but you can’t let

people like that ruin your life. It’s so

peaceful again, now that the

person has gone. We’re back to

normal. I can walk my dogs without

worrying about being shouted at and

I’ve got all my plants back outside.”

Another nearby resident affected by

the anti-social behaviour,

Sharon

,

also supported the court case.

“ It just wasn’t fair to people and their

families having to endure that – I really

felt for them,”

said Sharon.

“I wasn’t

sure what to expect in going to court,

Telling evidence from some brave and co-operative

neighbours has helped emh homes to evict a resident

for persistent anti-social behaviour.

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make the difference

but emh homes and the barrister

were really supportive. The whole

process took longer than we

expected, but it felt like we were all in

it together.

“It’s a huge relief now that the person

causing the problems has gone.

Nowwe can all have our

summer back.”

emh homes’ Anti-Social Behaviour

Officer,

Ian Kirk

, praised the co-

operation of Mariette, Sharon, other

residents and the local Police

Community Support Officer.

Their combined and compelling inputs

were crucial to the judge issuing an

eviction notice.

“ This was a really difficult case and I

completely understand people’s anger

and frustration about it,”

said Ian.

“ But the fact that some residents were

prepared to give evidence and back up

the police reports made all the

difference.

“ When it came to court, the tenant

denied causing any problems. Mariette

and Sharon stayed calm and told the

judge the true story. I’m really grateful

to them and everyone else who

helped us get this person evicted.

No-one has the right to ruin the

quality of other people’s lives – and

local community support like this really

helps us act if it does happen.”

The emh green team’s

Affordable Energy for All

initiative has won the

Large Project of the Year

prize at the East Midlands

Regional Energy

Efficiency and Retrofit

Awards 2016.

E A S T M I D L A N D S

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