Tenant evicted following anti-social behaviour reports
Published 29th August 2019
A tenant in West Bromwich has been evicted following allegations of drug dealing from his council home.
Residents also claimed visitors to the property in Sandfield Road were intimidating and caused criminal damage including smashed windows.
In response to complaints, Sandwell Council’s anti-social behaviour and legal teams, supported by police and residents, took Abdul Sattar to court to evict him.
He quit the property an hour before he was due to be forcibly evicted and the house will now be let to a new tenant.
Residents had reported drug dealing from the property and council officers found needles and drug paraphernalia when they visited. Needles, foil and drug paraphernalia were also found at the house on the eviction day.
Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We took this action to protect residents and help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
“I would like to thank our anti-social behaviour and legal teams for bringing this case to court as well as the police and residents for their support.”
Councillor Joanne Hadley, cabinet member for homes, added: “This type of behaviour can make life a misery for law-abiding neighbours.
“Anyone who allows their council home to be used for drug dealing or other anti-social behaviour faces eviction.”
Mr Sattar, aged 43, left the property on 15 August following Sandwell Council securing the possession order against him at Walsall County Court. The court also ordered him to pay the council £355 in legal costs.