Tenant’s last chance after drugs found

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A TENANT who allowed her husband to store drugs at her Sheffield council house has been told she faces eviction if the offence happens again.

Dawn Bean, of The Oval, Firth Park, was taken to Sheffield County Court by Sheffield Council and housing management company Sheffield Homes for breaching the terms of her tenancy agreement.

The court action followed the conviction of her husband David Bean for possessing the Class B controlled drug amphetamine at the property - once on July 13, 2009, and again on November 25, 2009.

The judge also ordered Dawn Bean to repay “substantial” rent arrears.

Bean admitted she had breached her tenancy in terms of the rent arrears and in terms of her husband’s offences at the property.

District Judge Paul Mort made a possession order, which will remain suspended provided Bean pays her rent and arrears and ensures that neither she nor other members of her household or her guests do anything at or near her home which is illegal, or would cause a nuisance or annoyance.

If she does not keep to the terms, the council can ask the court to evict her.

After the court hearing Coun Penny Baker, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning, said: “When anyone signs up for a council home they agree to a set of conditions that spell out what tenants can expect from us and what we expect from them.

“We take any breach of these tenancy conditions very seriously and we will not tolerate any kind of criminal activity taking place in our properties.

“We can and will take action which could ultimately lead to an eviction.”