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Antisocial Behaviour Policy

  2. 2. Current Policy <ul><li>First Anti-Social Policy launched in Feb 2004 </li></ul>STATISTICS 2009 Anti-Social complaints received 2,952 Anti-Social Interviews 1,765 Exclusion Orders sought 30 Evictions 12 Requests for Notice to Quit 10 Live Cases within Court System 27 Surrender of Tenancy (Anti-Social) 8
  3. 3. Housing (Misc. Provisions) Act 2009 <ul><li>Section 35 Commenced 1 st December 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Social Strategy now a requirement for all HAs </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation with Gardaí, HSE and JPC & others </li></ul><ul><li>Must be in place by 30 th November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy must be adopted by City Council </li></ul>
  4. 4. Application of the Strategy <ul><li>All Council Tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 4 Tenancy (RAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Purchasers - Tenant Purchasers and their successors - Incremental Purchasers - Apartment Tenant Purchasers </li></ul><ul><li>Travellers </li></ul>
  5. 5. Strategy Headings <ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation underpinning the Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Tenancy Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Safety / Customer Care </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mission Statement <ul><li>To investigate all complaints of Anti-Social Behaviour in an efficient, fair and impartial manner and to take all appropriate steps to help prevent and reduce such behaviour in, and in the vicinity of, dwellings under the control of Dublin City Council. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Statement of Policy <ul><li>DCC conscious of the effects of Anti-Social Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>DCC will not tolerate Anti-Social Behaviour and is committed to ensuring the peaceful occupation of dwellings by our tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy to be implemented through partnership with Gardaí, HSE and JPC by attaining the principal objectives </li></ul>
  8. 8. Legislation <ul><li>Housing Acts 1966 - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Residential Tenancies Act 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of Anti-Social Behaviour widened </li></ul>
  9. 9. Anti-Social Behaviour - Definition <ul><li>( a ) the manufacture, production, preparation, importation, exportation, sale, supply, possession for the purposes of sale or supply, or distribution of a controlled drug (within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Acts, 1977 and 1984), </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><li>( b ) any behaviour which causes or is likely to cause any significant or persistent danger, injury, damage, alarm , loss or fear to any person living, working or otherwise lawfully in or in the vicinity of a house provided by a housing authority under the Housing Acts, 1966 to 2002, or Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, or a housing estate in which the house is situate and, without prejudice to the foregoing, includes </li></ul><ul><li>(i) violence, threats, intimidation, coercion, harassment or serious obstruction of any person, </li></ul><ul><li> (ii) behaviour which causes any significant or persistent impairment of a person’s use or enjoyment of his or her home, or </li></ul><ul><li>(iii) damage to or defacement by writing or other marks of any property, including a person’s home . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strategy -- Principal Objectives <ul><li>The prevention and reduction of Anti-Social Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>The co-ordination of services within the housing authority that are directed at dealing with or preventing or reducing Anti-Social Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>The promotion and co-operation with other persons, including an Garda Siochána, in the performance of their respective functions in relation to dealing with or the prevention or reduction of Anti-Social Behaviour, having regard to the need to avoid duplication of activities by the housing authority and such other persons in the performance of those functions </li></ul><ul><li>The promotion of good estate management </li></ul>
  11. 11. Principal Objective 1 <ul><li>PREVENTING AND REDUCING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Complaints – Exchange of Information – Challenging the Perpetrators – Legal Remedies – Dwellings Used for Drug Dealing – Excluding Orders – Refuse/Defer a Letting – Refuse to sell a Dwelling – Housing Welfare – Vetting – Rehousing following Eviction – Illegal Occupiers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Principal Objective 1 (continued) <ul><li>PREVENTING AND REDUCING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Making the Complaint </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating the Complaint </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding on Appropriate Action </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Proceedings to Recover Dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Proceedings for Excluding Orders </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the Case </li></ul>
  13. 13. Principal Objective 2 <ul><li>Co-Ordination of Services within Dublin City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Central Anti-Social Behaviour Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Area Housing Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Law Department </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Welfare Section </li></ul><ul><li>Allocations / RAS / Travellers Sections </li></ul><ul><li>Loans Sales and grants </li></ul><ul><li>Training Unit </li></ul>
  14. 14. Principal Objective 3 <ul><li>Promoting Co-Operation with other Persons / Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>DCC committed to a multi-agency approach </li></ul><ul><li>Statutory right to exchange/request information widely used </li></ul><ul><li>Regular meetings with an Garda Siochána both formal and informal </li></ul><ul><li>HSE consulted before application for an Exclusion Order and before execution of a warrant for possession. Also regular local meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular interaction with the 3 Dublin County Councils and engagement with other Councils </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Agencies and Government Departments </li></ul>
  15. 15. Principal Objective 4 <ul><li>Promotion of Good Estate Management </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with Tenants / Residents </li></ul><ul><li>Tenant Training </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Research </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Regeneration Projects </li></ul>
  16. 16. Tenancy Agreements <ul><li>In future must include - </li></ul><ul><li>Terms and conditions relation to Anti-Social Behaviour carried out by tenant/household member </li></ul><ul><li>Provisions and consequences where a tenant allows an ‘excluded person’ to enter their dwelling </li></ul><ul><li>So current Tenancy Agreement will be revised and amended </li></ul>
  17. 17. Health & Safety / Customer Care <ul><li>Personal Safety at Work Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Full training of staff </li></ul><ul><li>DCC committed to a quality service to its tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Residents have the right to complain </li></ul><ul><li>Complaints dealt with in a prompt fair and professional manner </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Complaints procedure </li></ul>