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Appeal against council house repossession dismissed


We've won the right to repossess a council house due to anti-social behaviour. The tenant, Dylan Powell, of Marnham Rise, Hemel Hempstead, had appealed to the High Court and the Court of Appeal but on both times these were dismissed.

The court first granted a suspended possession order for the house on 23 October 2015 due to anti-social behaviour. Further complaints of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing were received, which resulted in a six-month premises closure at the property.

It was found at court that Powell has engaged in further anti-social behaviour and that we had complied with our duties. Therefore, the Court of Appeal gave permission for the warrant for possession of the house in Marnham Rise to be executed.

Nicola Lobendhan, Anti-Social Behaviour Team Leader, said: “This has been a challenging and long-running case, but demonstrates our determination to protect the wider community from the anti-social actions committed by individuals that blight the lives of those around them.”

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “This action shows our commitment to dealing with anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the borough, by working closely with local residents and partner agencies, in order to deliver a safe Dacorum for people to live and work.”