Noise blight neighbour loses his council house

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A Sheffield Council tenant who plagued neighbours with loud music, computer games and arguments with his girlfriend has been evicted.

Shortly after Nathan Howell, aged 23, moved into his home on Batemoor Road, Batemoor, in 2010 neighbours complained about the excessive noise he was making.

Sheffield Council said complaints included loud music, arguments between Howell and his girlfriend and noise from him playing computer games late into the night.

A Noise Abatement Notice was served in 2010 but he failed to comply and in November 2011 the council obtained a warrant to seize his stereo equipment.

Sheffield County Court heard the situation improved for a short time but complaints started again, mainly about noise and violent arguments.

Howell was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court of battery relating to his anti-social behaviour at the property during 2011.

The council served a Notice Seeking Possession and when the noise continued started possession proceedings at the county court to kick Howell out of his home.

A district judge granted Sheffield Council’s application and ordered Howell to pay the council’s costs of £350.

He has now moved out of the property voluntarily rather than face bailiffs.

Sheffield Council said the case should serve as a warning to others.

Coun Harry Harpham, the council’s cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “Howell ignored repeated warnings to stop his behaviour and paid a high price, losing his home.

“We will continue to take action against people who behave in this way, using all the powers available at our disposal.”