Council warning to law-breaking tenants

TENANTS of East Renfrewshire council have been warned after a man was evicted from his flat following a conviction for growing illegal substances at home.

The tenant was convicted at Paisley sheriff court in 2011 under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, in relation to the cultivation of 38 cannabis plants in his council property in Barrhead.

Housing officers successfully obtained a decree to evict the man from his home this week – and the council warns that the action will be taken on anyone else found breaking the law.

An ERC spokesman told The Extra: “The message should be absolutely clear. If you’re convicted of dealing or cultivating drugs within one of our properties, you won’t be a tenant any longer.

“We have adopted a zero tolerance approach to tenants dealing drugs from our properties and we will take the strongest possible action against tenants who behave in an anti-social manner in our tenancies”.

He continued: “The vast majority of our housing tenants are good, law-abiding people and shouldn’t have to put up with a tenant using their council home for this type of illegal activity.

“Our housing service will continue to work closely with Strathclyde police to ensure drug dealers are removed from decent neighbourhoods.

“There is no place in East Renfrewshire for drug dealers. We already have a number of court actions ongoing against drug dealers and a number of tenants have been evicted or have surrendered their homes prior to an eviction decree being granted”.

The council has also vowed a strong stance on anti-social behaviour, supported by a recent successful application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) issued to another Barrhead tenant following complaints from neighbours.

The council made the application after the tenant had received numerous warnings from police, community wardens and the housing service, and is now prohibited from making excessive noise or being abusive from within his council property.

Anyone with concerns about drug dealing or anti-social behaviour within their area is asked to report it through ERC’s free and confidential helpline, open 24 hours a day on 0800 013 0076.

You can also contact the housing service on 577 3001, Strathclyde police on 532 5700 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.