Hello, I am a solicitor with 20 years experience. I will try to help you with this.
What are the terms of the ASBO she has broken? Breaking an ASBO is a serious offence (up to 5 years imprisonment).
In terms of civil law remedies, these will be against the tenant rather than the council (as it is very hard legally to blame the council for the misconduct of a tenant). Her tenancy will very likely be a temporary tenancy and the council probably have a condition that if she uses the flat for illegal or immoral purposes (drugs?) or is a nuisance/anti social they will take action to evict her. Forcing them to act on this policy will be very difficult. Everyone in the block should keep a nuisance diary, copies of which should regularly be sent to the local authority.
The reason I ask about the ASBO is that yo may be able to get the police involved in that which could lead to quick action and which may prompt the council into action as well. Can you tell me a bit more about the ASBO please?
We only know that from the ASBO officer l am dealing with said she has one against her and she just told us that if we get any problem out of hours to ring the police as the children are under police protection they would respond immediately.
what we want to know is there anything we can do to stop the council putting problem people in a block of 5 other decent residents, most of them lease holders that have to pay quarterly service charges for the up keep of the block.
lt is not in our lease that anything like this could happen, nobody in their right mind would sign up for that knowing that they can put people that have just come out of prison, druggies murderers even. I t is not very nice that we have undesirables coming into the block delivering drugs to her and leaving the hallway smelling of weed.