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Misuse of shared areas

When we live in a community, we’ve all got to get along together and share space with our neighbours. Space like stairwells, entrance halls, lifts and outdoor areas.   

When these shared spaces are used for things like alcohol or drug abuse, joy riding or fly tipping it can be really distressing for some residents.  Untidy gardens can also be classed as a misuse of shared areas too. 

What can you do? 

The first step is to have a chat with the person or people involved. But we understand that you might not want to do this if you’re scared or feel threatened by their behaviour. Never put yourself in potential danger.  

Contact us to report the problem and we’ll do what we can to help. 

Misuse of shared areas might also be the responsibility of your local council, so you might need to discuss this with them. We’ll be able to guide you on whether it should involve the local council or not.

What can we do? 

We’ll look at all the info and decide whether any tenancy agreement rules are being broken. And if they are, don’t worry.  There’s lots we can do, depending on how serious the problem is including: 

  • issuing verbal and written warnings 
  • arranging mediation or restorative justice for both parties. This is where everyone sits down together with an independent person to try to sort out the problem face to face
  • fitting extra security measures like CCTV, locks and security lights
  • taking out court injunctions 
  • starting eviction proceedings
  • getting the local council involved to provide extra support.

Report it to us

Contact us to report the problem and we’ll do what we can to help.
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