A rouge tenant who frightened neighbours and owed hundreds of pounds in rent has finally been evicted.
David Anderson, 23, moved into Hawksclough, Birch Green in Skelmersdale on August 22, 2013 and has now had to hand back the keys to the council after less than a year in the property.
Councillor Jane Houlgrave, portfolio holder for Landlord Services, said: “The council takes reports of anti-social behaviour by our tenants very seriously and we will not tolerate behaviour that disturbs others to the point they are living in fear.
"Mr Anderson was also in rent arrears and this case gives a clear warning to tenants that if they do not adhere to their tenancy agreements they could face legal action.”
Wigan County Court heard that people living in Hawksclough started complaining about the behaviour of Anderson and his associates soon after he moved in.
In one incident police were called to Hawksclough on New Year’s Day 2014 after reports that one of Mr Anderson’s acquaintances had stabbed himself in the leg and was ‘smashing the house up’.
Mr Anderson’s neighbours had previously complained to the council that visitors to his maisonette were continuously ringing and swearing down intercoms belonging to other tenants in the block.
They also said Mr Anderson had loud parties and looked through the windows of other properties, causing occupants to feel afraid.
Deputy District Judge Beattie granted possession of the property to the council and ordered that Mr Anderson pay back £539.50 in rent arrears, and £301.75 in court costs. Mr Anderson was not at the hearing but had handed the keys back to the council on May 29.
In evidence given to the court a council officer said it was clear Mr Anderson had "demonstrated an inability to conduct his tenancy in the manner expected of Council tenants".
The authority pursues all available recovery measures against tenants who leave a property owing rent.