Nuisance neighbours have been locked out of their own home after plaguing their street with problems.
Police shut down the rented house in Easington Colliery after obtaining a court order under new anti-social behaviour legislation.
It is only the second time Durham Police have used the new power under section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour and Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Magistrates granted the order to officers in Peterlee after a string of problems with tenants and visitors at the terraced, three-bedroomed property in Browning Street.
The order prevents anyone entering the premises and it will remain in place until January 31 2016.
After that date the situation will be re-assessed, following discussions between police and the landlord.
Insp Darren Walton said: “The order was sought because of high levels of anti-social behaviour and drug use at that address, by tenants and visitors alike. It was also being visited on a regular basis by a number of our target criminals.
“Their actions were causing intimidation, alarm and distress to law-abiding people in the area. We believe the closure will make a significant, positive difference to those living in Browning Street.”
The penalty for breaching the order is £5,000, 51 weeks imprisonment, or both.
Last week Durham Constabulary put in place its first closure order under the new legislation, when a house in Spennymoor was boarded up after similar complaints.