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Noisy yob evicted after tormenting critically ill neighbour

23rd April 2014

A noisy yob who tormented a neighbour who was waiting for a heart bypass has been evicted from his social housing home. Ashley Hayes was turfed out of his flat in Kingsbridge Court, Harpurhey, after landlord Northwards Housing took action against him. The 27-year-old held loud parties through the night, with screaming and shouting repeatedly heard coming from his flat. Despite repeated pleas to stop the noise, he refused to change his behaviour. Hayes was eventually evicted last month after a le...

Alliance formed to fight tenancy fraud

23rd April 2014

ALMO Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing has joined forces with analytics firm Coactiva to fight tenancy fraud. STRH will use Coactiva's ThreeSixty Online solution to investigate individuals that are suspected of subletting their home, providing false information at the point of application or not using their social housing address as their main place of residence. Managing 4,200 of Shropshire Council's homes, STRH will also use ThreeSixty Online to minimise rent arrears by tracing ‘gone-away...

General practitioner fined after HMO licence breach

22nd April 2014

A general practitioner from Carmarthenshire has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Lestyn Glynog Davies was fined £1,800 at Cardiff Magistrates' Court for the breach. Under the Housing Act 2004, HMOs require a licence to ensure they meet all the required health and safety requirements. An HMO application form was sent to both owners of the property on Tewkesbury Street in Cathays, including Davies' father, John Glynog Davies, a councillor representing...

Lewd tenant hit with injunction after harassing housing employee

17th April 2014

A social housing tenant who made lewd, offensive and abusive accusations against an employee of Salix Homes has been hit with an anti-social behaviour injunction. Salix, which manages 8,500 properties across Central Salford, sought legal action against tenant Peter Ball, of Blackfriar Court, Salford, on the grounds of his abusive and threatening behaviour. The 66-year-old repeatedly harassed the employee, and made threats to get them sacked. During a court hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre ye...

Council worker fired after tweeting Hillsborough abuse at Liverpool fans

15th April 2014

A council gardener has been fired after tweeting abusive messages about the Hillsborough disaster. Mark Lewis wrote the message on Twitter moments after Liverpool FC's 3-2 defeat of Manchester City on Sunday. Lewis tweeted: “Cheating scouse *****. It should be 96 + 11 for the way they try and play football. What a joke. **** hills borough (sic) an all the dole *****.” After being picked up by other users on the social media network, Lewis closed his account. The Manchester City fan has since ...

Council's child record loss breached data protection rules

15th April 2014

An investigation has ruled that a council breached the Data Protection Act after sensitive records relating to the care of a young child were lost.  The information had been requested by a family member who made a subject access request to Wokingham Borough Council. The response contained details of the requester and their child’s involvement with the council’s social services department, including allegations of neglect and abuse carried out by the requester’s ex-partner. How...

Illegal sub-letter ordered to pay back profits

14th April 2014

A council tenant who illegally sub-let her property for more than a year has been ordered to pay back the profit she made. Newham Council’s tenancy audit team found that Temitayo Adesokan was sub-letting a two-bedroom property in East Ham to a family of four, while she lived in Barking and Dagenham. When her tenants stopped paying rent after discovering she did not own the property she started possession proceedings against them. The council allowed her to continue with these proceedings ...

Private landlord tycoon guilty of assault after boiler dispute

14th April 2014

A multi-millionaire property tycoon, who sent out letters earlier in the year telling his housing benefit tenants to move out, has been found guilty of assaulting an estate agent. Fergus Wilson, who along with wife Judith has a portfolio of around 1,000 properties, attacked Daniel Wells during an argument about a boiler. The private landlord had denied attacking the 31-year-old but a judge at Folkestone Magistrates' Court did not believe his story. The court heard that Wilson burst into estat...

Liar tried to fleece money from disability grant fund

11th April 2014

A woman who lied about her finances in order to fleece money from a disability grant fund has been fined over £10,000. Kuldip Bilkhu attempted to get a disabled facilities grant worth £13,500, but failed to declare that she owned two other properties when she made the application to Hillingdon Council. The grant is means-tested and is intended to help people with disabilities who cannot afford to make much-needed adaptations to their homes themselves. The council’s corporate fraud team di...

Loan shark couple jailed for benefit fraud

10th April 2014

A Manchester couple have been jailed for benefit fraud and illegal money lending. Thomas Kiely, 57, and Caroline Lewis, 47, of Monsall Street, Harpurhey, were investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (EIMLT) working in partnership with Manchester City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions. At Manchester Crown Court today, Kiely was jailed for 26 months, while Lewis was handed a 10-month sentence. Kiely (pictured) had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing t...