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Tenant evicted after serious disturbances at his home

Skelmersdale man Steven Miller has been evicted after police had to tackle three serious disturbances at his home in four months and 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 males were threatening to smash down the door of the maisonette at Evington, Tanhouse. However, 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.

Mr Miller, 39, was a West Lancashire Borough Council tenant. Local authority staff had warned him after the first two incidents that 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 he 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 Mr Miller’s 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 Mr Miller was in hospital.

After Mr Miller 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 22 August. Mr Miller was not at the property when the eviction took place.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Community Safety, 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.”

Councillor Jenny Forshaw, portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, 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.”

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