Kettering Tenant ordered to pay more than £2200 for anti-social behaviour

Published: Tuesday, 17th September 2019

Tenant convicted for continued anti-social behaviour

A Kettering Borough Council tenant has been convicted and fined at Northampton Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice issued pursuant to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.

Mrs Debbie Rowley of Elm Road, Kettering had been storing almost 200 bicycles and numerous bicycle parts in both her rear and front gardens which she had failed to remove despite being served with enforcement warnings and notices. 

The court ordered that the tenant pay more than £2,200 in fines, legal costs and removal fees. The Court also approved the Council’s application for a Forfeiture Order giving Kettering Borough Council permission to enter the property to remove all the bicycles and parts and dispose of them.

John Conway, Head of Housing at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Tenants have a duty under their Tenancy Agreements to look after their homes and to be good neighbours. Where tenants have genuine difficulties in keeping to their agreements, we will do our best to help and support them. However, where residents flagrantly disregard their responsibilities, we will not hesitate to pursue a solution through the courts, as we have done in this case.”