Tenancy Enforcement Actions

Below are details of actions taken against those who have breached their tenancy agreement. If you feel a neighbour (who is a Council tenant) is breaching any of the terms and conditions of their tenancy, please visit the nuisance and anti-social behaviour page for more information.

August 2016

  • On the 01/08/16 a tenant from Branksome signed an undertaking (promise) not to act in an abusive, insulting or threatening manner to anyone in the locality of their home. This was following reports that they had caused damage to property and made threats towards their neighbour after a minor dispute.
  • 15/08/16 a tenant from Heatherwood Grove was referred to neighbourhood resolution service which is a free mediation service in Darlington. The tenant had complained to Housing Services about noise nuisance from their neighbour which had resulted in their relationship deteriorating.
  • On the 16/08/16 a tenant from Red Hall was served with a Notice to Quit after initial investigations appeared to show that the property had been abandoned. The tenant had been involved in acts of nuisance and anti-social behaviour. Following the notice the tenant decided to terminate their secure tenancy.
  • On the 16/08/16 a tenant from Cockerton had their introductory tenancy extended by a further 6 months for allowing and using a Class B drug (Cannabis) inside a DBC property.
  • On the 17/08/16 Housing Services were awarded an Injunction against a tenant from Branksome after they had failed to allow officers into their home on a number of occasions to carry out necessary inspections. The garden and property appeared to be in a neglected state. The order means that the tenant must allow officers entry on a specific day to carry out an inspection. The property must be in a satisfactory condition as part of the order.
  • On the 31/08/16 a tenant from Town Centre voluntarily surrendered their introductory tenancy after Housing Services received ongoing complaints of noise nuisance.

June 2016

  • On the 24/06/16 a tenant from Branksome signed an undertaking (promise) not to cause nuisance behaviour caused by the lighting of bonfires in their garden. There are conditions in place to ensure that garden bonfires do not cause a nuisance to neighbours.
  • On the 30/06/16 a tenant from Branksome was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession after being found guilty of causing criminal damage to a neighbour’s property and causing harassment, alarm and distress. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

May 2016

  • On the 23/05/16 Darlington Borough Council obtained a county court undertaking (promise) in respect of a right to buy application. This means that the tenant from Middleton St George is unable to exercise the right to buy their council property until further matters are dealt with.

April 2016

  • On the 04/04/16 a tenant from Springfield was evicted after investigations had found they had abandoned their property. The tenant had failed to respond to many efforts of contact and as a result they have lost their tenancy.
  • On the 05/04/16 a tenant from Branksome was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for causing criminal damage to a DBC property and being abusive to council employees and those offering a service in the locality. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 06/04/16 a tenant from Rise Carr signed an undertaking (promise) not to use a Class B drug (Cannabis) inside a DBC property. The tenant was previously warned about using the drug however further complaints had been received.    
  • On the 19/04/16 a tenant from Firth Moor voluntarily surrendered their secure tenancy after Housing Services received ongoing complaints of noise nuisance and disruption from visitors to their property. The tenant was previously served with a Notice of Seeking Possession.  
  • On the 21/04/16 a tenant from Branksome signed an undertaking (promise) not to cause any loud noise and to keep their garden in a satisfactory condition. This was following reports of ongoing loud noise and complaints that the tenant’s garden was full of refuse.
  • On the 30/04/16 a tenant from North Road had their introductory tenancy extended by a further 6 months for allowing and using a Class B drug (Cannabis) inside a DBC property.

March 2016

  • On the 11/03/16 a tenant from Lascelles was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for being abusive and making threats towards DBC employees. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 24/03/16 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for ongoing reports of noise nuisance, disruption from visitors to their home and for using a Class B drug (Cannabis) inside a Council property. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.

February 2016

  • On the 01/02/16 a tenant from Haughton was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for cultivating a Class B drug (Cannabis) in a Council property. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 05/02/16 a tenant from Rise Carr was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for using a Class B drug (Cannabis) inside a Council property. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 19/02/16 a tenant from Branksome was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for failing to keep their garden and property conditions to an acceptable standard. The tenant had been given several opportunities to address the issue however they would not engage. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 25/02/16 a tenant from Springfield was served with a Notice to Quit after initial investigations appeared to show that the property had been abandoned and was left insecure. The tenant has 28 days to contact Housing Services otherwise possession proceedings will commence.

January 2016

  • On the 08/01/16 a tenant from Lingfield was served with a notice of seeking possession for failing to keep their garden and property conditions to an acceptable standard. The tenant had been given several opportunities to address the issue however they would not engage. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

December 2015

  • On the 08/12/15 a tenant from Haughton was referred to neighbourhood resolution service which is a free mediation service in Darlington. The tenant had complained to Housing Services about noise nuisance from their neighbour which resulted in their relationship deteriorating.
  • On the 09/12/15 a tenant from Lascelles signed an undertaking (promise) not to verbally abuse or intimidate other residents living in the locality. This was following a report that the tenant had assaulted another neighbour.
  • On the 16/12/15 a youth who pleaded guilty to crimes committed against two council properties in 2014 completed a youth offending referral order. As part of the order reparation work had been carried out in the community and they had attended a number of courses with the Police and Fire Service. The youth had also written an apology letter to all persons affected by their behaviour. 

November 2015

  • On the 20/11/15 a tenant from Middleton St George was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession after reports were received that they were causing nuisance and harassment towards their neighbour. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 20/11/15 a tenant from Skerne Park was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for making a malicious complaint against another council tenant and causing criminal damage to a council property. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 27/11/15 a tenant from Red Hall signed an undertaking (Promise) not to verbally abuse council employees. The tenant had previously verbally abused an employee whilst they were carrying out their duties.

October 2015

  • On the 1/10/15 a tenant from the Firthmoor area was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for using a Class B drug (Cannabis) inside a Council property. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 19/10/15 a tenant from the Springfield area was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for failing to clear their garden of rubbish. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 22/10/15 a tenant from the Lascelles area was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for cultivating a Class B drug (Cannabis) in a Council property. When this type of Notice is served a tenant is at risk of losing their home.

September 2015

  • On the 01/09/15 a tenant from North Road was served with a notice of extension of Introductory tenancy for noise nuisance. The noise related to domestic issues between the tenant and their partner. This type of notice means that the tenant will remain an introductory tenant for a further 6 months.
  • On the 10/09/15 two neighbouring tenants from Firthmoor carried out mediation. One of the neighbours in this case had complained about ongoing noise nuisance and domestic incidents from their neighbour. The mediation was carried out in the hope that both neighbours could resolve any differences and theirs views could be expressed.
  • On the 25/09/15 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for the cultivation of a Class B drug, that being Cannabis. The findings were discovered by the police whilst they were investigating another matter. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 30/09/15 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for using a Class B drug, that being Cannabis inside their property. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

August 2015

  • On the 12/8/15 a right to buy suspension order was obtained in an interim period until pending criminal matters were dealt with. This means that the tenant from Middleton St George is unable to exercise their right to buy their council property due to anti-social behaviour. 

July 2015

  • On the 2/7/15 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for playing loud music and acting in an inconsiderate manner towards their neighbour. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 30/7/15 a tenant from Bank Top was served with a Notice of Possession Proceedings for a number of breaches to their tenancy agreement including causing damage to a council property, failing to allow council employees access to the flat, noise nuisance, the use of a Class B drug, that being Cannabis and causing nuisance, annoyance and harassment towards elderly neighbours. When a NPP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

June 2015

  • On 3/6/15 a tenant from Lingfield signed an undertaking which is a promise between the tenant and Darlington Borough Council. The tenant agreed not to engage in any verbal abuse or acts of harassment towards their neighbour. Both neighbours on this occasion were involved in a dispute.

May 2015

  • On the 7/5/15 a tenant from Cockerton was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for using a Class B drug, that being Cannabis inside a council property. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 26/5/15 a tenant from Skerne Park was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for handling stolen goods and possession of a Class B drug, that being Cannabis. They had been charged with the offences following a Police warrant. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

April 2015

  • On the 13/4/15 a tenant from North Road voluntarily surrendered their secure tenancy after Housing Services received ongoing complaints of noise nuisance and disruption from visitors to their property. The tenant was previously served with a Notice of Seeking Possession.

March 2015

  • On the 4/3/15 a tenant from Red Hall was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for abusive and aggressive behaviour towards a DBC employee whilst they were carrying out their duties. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 19/3/15 a tenant from North Road was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for noise nuisance, use of a class B drug within a council property and abusive behaviour towards DBC employees. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 19/3/15 a tenant from North Road was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for ongoing noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour from visitors to their property. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

February 2015

  • On the 03/02/15 a tenant from Branksome was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for abusive and aggressive behaviour towards a DBC employee whilst they were carrying out their duties. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.

November 2014

  • On the 04/11/14 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a gas service abatement notice. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.
  • On 11/11/14 Housing Services attended a youth offending panel involving a local youth who had caused serious damage to a council property on Lascelles. It was agreed that the youth would complete restorative work in the community and write an apology letter to all those people who were affected by their actions.
  • On the 26/11/14 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a gas service abatement notice. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.

October 2014

  • On the 02/10/14 Darlington Borough Council obtained a Postponed Possession Order from court against a tenant in Red Hall. The tenants had failed to comply with the pet policy. Should there be further breaches to their tenancy agreement then they risk losing their home.
  • On the 03/10/14 a tenant from Firthmoor was served with a gas service abatement notice. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.
  • On the 22/10/14 Darlington Borough Council obtained a warrant from the Magistrates Court to enter a property on Firthmoor. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact including a gas service abatement notice to have their annual gas service carried out. This is a free and compulsory check.
  • On the 30/10/14 a warrant for Possession was suspended on the agreement that a tenant from Red Hall would comply with their tenancy agreement and engage with support from service providers. Should the tenant fail to comply and cause further problems then they risk losing their home.

September 2014

  • On the 04/09/14 a tenant from Branksome was sentenced to 14 months in custody for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  The assault took place at a Darlington Borough Council property and so as a result enforcement action commenced. The tenant on this occasion decided to voluntarily terminate their secure tenancy prior to possession proceedings.
  • On the 09/09/14 a tenant from Skerne Park was served with a Notice of Seeking Possession for failing to keep their garden in a satisfactory condition. The garden contained an excessive amount of unwanted items and junk. When a NSP is served a person is at risk of losing their home.
  • On the 16/09/14 a gas safety abatement notice was served on a tenant living in Firth Moor. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.

August 2014

  • On the 20/8/14 a gas safety abatement notice was served on a tenant living in Firth Moor. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.
  • On the 20/8/14 a gas safety abatement notice was served on a tenant living in Skerne Park. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.
  • On the 22/8/14 a gas safety abatement notice was served on a tenant living in Skerne Park. The tenant had failed to respond to efforts of contact for an annual gas safety service, this is a free and compulsory check.
  • On the 29/8/14 a tenant from Cockerton voluntarily surrendered their introductory tenancy after Housing Services received ongoing complaints of noise nuisance, verbal abuse from visitors to their property and other forms of anti-social behaviour.

July 2014

  • On the 4th July 2014 a tenant from Lingfield was evicted for serious breaches to their tenancy agreement. Breaches included the cultivation of a class B drug, verbal abuse and threats towards Council employees, noise nuisance and acts of harassment and intimidation towards neighbours. This tenant has made themselves intentionally homeless.

June 2014

  • 21/06/14 - A tenant from Lingfield was arrested for breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction. The Injunction was previously obtained following threats and verbal abuse towards council employees. The tenant appeared in court on the 23rd June after spending 2 days in custody following allegations of verbal abuse and harassment towards a neighbour.