Charter to tackle unruly tenants

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HOUSING group bosses have reinforced their commitment to putting a halt to unruly tenants by signing an updated national charter.

East Durham Homes chiefs have signed the updated Respect Charter for Housing, with the aim to prevent anti-social behaviour in and around their organisation’s properties.

The original respect standard was introduced by the Government in 2006 and East Durham Homes signed it in September 2007.

But it has since been reviewed and ownership has now passed to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) and HouseMark.

The latest signing took place at Alcote House, in Shotton, and was attended by local residents, councillors and representatives from East Durham Homes, Durham Police and Durham County Council.

Paul Main, East Durham Homes’ assistant chief executive, added: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority for East Durham Homes customers.

“We work closely with our partners in the Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime on estates.

“East Durham Homes are strongly committed to a twin-track approach, as promoted and encouraged in the Respect standard to help tenants change behaviour and sustain their tenancy.”

Tess Ash, anti-social behaviour advisor for the Chartered Institute of Housing, who was visiting East Durham Homes, also attended the event.

Ms Ash said: “By working together, local people in the community and partner agencies have been able to pull together a shared understanding of the standards of behaviour expected in their neighbourhood.

“The recent neighbourhood agreement signed by local tenants and residents in Shotton shows they have secured a community commitment towards reducing anti-social behaviour where they live.

“This type of tool not only looks at how to prevent anti-social behaviour from occurring, but also embraces the ideas set out in the revised and recently launched Respect Charter, where East Durham Homes has committed to encouraging individual and community responsibility as well as the other six commitments set out in the charter.”