Neighbour from hell kicked out of home
AWEST Lancashire man has been evicted after police had to tackle three serious disturbances at his home in four months.
Steven Miller was also thrown out for failing to keep his home in good condition.
Wigan County Court heard that, on the third occasion, police were called after claims by someone in the house that a gang of up to 15 men were threatening to smash down the door of the maisonette at Evington, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale.
But, when police tried to get information from Mr Miller and other people in the property as to who was involved, they refused to provide a written statement.
Council staff had warned Mr Miller, 39, a West Lancashire Borough Council tenant, that after the first two incidents he and people living at his home were causing upset to neighbours, as well as wasting the time of the emergency services.
The council had also become aware that at least one drug user was a close associate, and Mr Miller was told that if he had drug users and criminals at the property then trouble would inevitably follow and the council would hold him responsible.
After this warning, the council was advised by police that they had seen his home in a “chaotic” state, and there were dangerous, uncapped needles.
The local authority felt this was potentially a serious breach of his tenancy agreement as it was a risk to the health and safety of council staff, contractors, police, neighbouring tenants and the occupants.
Mr Miller agreed to an inspection of the property, but he failed to keep the appointment and a week later an associate told council staff that he was in hospital. After he failed to respond to further attempts by the council to arrange an inspection, and police had to deal with the third disturbance, staff began eviction proceedings.
The court granted possession of the property back to the council and Mr Miller was evicted on August 22.
He was not at the property when the eviction took place.
The council’s portfolio holder for community safety, Cllr Kevin Wright, said: “Tenants are responsible for the behaviour of people coming to their homes and the council takes its role in trying to ensure peace on our housing estates very seriously, so that residents can quietly enjoy their homes.
“Tenants could face legal action if people visiting them behave in an anti-social manner.”
The portfolio holder for housing and landlord services, Cllr Jenny Forshaw, said: “Tenants are responsible for keeping their properties in a good condition.
“Failing to do so is a clear breach of the tenancy agreement. When this was combined with the disturbances at the property, the council took appropriate action to evict Mr Miller.”