COUNCIL tenants in South Tyneside are being reminded of their responsibilities in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.
South Tyneside Council is considering a new policy, which will outline the types of tenancies it will offer and how it will help people sustain their tenancies, and this will coincide with the launch of a new tenants’ handbook, which aims to ensure tenants are clear about their responsibilities.
Council leader, Coun Iain Malcolm, deputy leader, Coun Alan Kerr, and Coun Jim Foreman, lead member for housing and transport, met Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, to talk about the issue.
Coun Malcolm said: “We are committed to providing tenants with excellent services, while helping our neighbourhoods remain safe.
“We want tenants to help us achieve this.
“Tenancy agreements not only set out the council’s responsibilities as a landlord, they also place important responsibilities on the tenant and outline what is expected of them when they take on a property.
“We are developing this so tenants know exactly where they stand.
“We were delighted Vera Baird could spare the time to discuss the work we are doing in South Tyneside to address issues with anti-social tenants and to reassure our law-abiding communities that we are doing everything we can to make their neighbourhoods safer.”
Mrs Baird said: “I was delighted to hear first-hand of the work South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes are doing to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“I commend the council for their innovative ideas and I am confident that the tenants’ handbook will be a success, and we will see a decrease in anti-social behaviour.”
When tenants sign tenancy agreements, they agree not to cause nuisance or annoyance to anybody else who lives in, works in or is visiting their neighbourhood.
Tenants are also responsible for the behaviour of their visitors and family members.
Brian Scott, director of housing, finance and support services for South Tyneside Homes, said: “It is important that all tenants know their rights and responsibilities, so that everyone can enjoy their tenancy without fear of anti-social behaviour, and this new summary will clearly set out what those responsibilities are.”
The council’s cabinet will consider the new tenancy policy later this year.