Two men who plagued neighbours with anti-social behaviour have been evicted from their Sheffield council homes – the first time the city council has used new powers to gain possession orders.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014, the court must grant a possession order once it determines a tenant has been convicted of serious criminal offences.
Hade Delan, aged 40, was evicted from his home on Plowright Mount, Gleadless Valley, after he was found with 29 mature cannabis plants. He had 12 heat lamps in his home to help the plants grow, but because his electricity meter was bypassed, Delan was getting the electricity for free.
The council also evicted 26-year-old Yusuf Yusaf after he ‘made his neighbours’ lives a misery’ on Bressingham Close in Burngreave. South Yorkshire Police previously gained a closure order in June on the grounds of anti-social behaviour.
Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield Council, said: “We will not tolerate people using our premises to support criminal or anti-social activity which has a detrimental effect on their neighbours and the community.
“The new powers mean the court process can be quicker and we are able to evict people sooner.
“Law abiding citizens have the right to live peacefully and we will do everything we can to make sure this happens.”