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Housing association gains injunction against social gathering

Manchester housing association Mosscare St Vincent’s has been granted an urgent injunction against a tenant who continued to ignore government guidelines on social distancing by hosting parties for up to twenty people.

The terms of the injunction, granted under The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, prohibit the tenant from allowing any visitor to attend at their property, other than for their children, until such time that the government guidance relating to social / physical distancing is officially lifted.

The association argued that the behaviour of the tenant caused harassment, alarm and distress to neighbouring residents, who were self-isolating following the rules outlined by the Government earlier this week, which state that all households must stay at home and only leave the house when absolutely necessary. The tenant continued to allow excessive numbers of visitors to come and go from the property as well as hosting noisy, disruptive parties.

The association was represented by Forbes Solicitors. Amy Stirton, associate solicitor at the firm, said: “The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides an array of tools that can be utilised by Landlords during this national emergency and this case demonstrates that whilst the Court is now compelled to suspend proceedings relating to possession cases, it is still prepared to take steps to ensure that members of the public are protected.”

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