Nuisance and antisocial behaviour can disrupt the lives of an entire community. Antisocial behaviour can range from intimidation and racism to noise and boundary disputes. Since the type of behaviour varies so much there is a wide range of help available.
If the person carrying out the antisocial behaviour is a tenant s/he could be evicted. Most landlords will only use eviction as the last resort.
What is antisocial behaviour?
There is no precise definition of antisocial behaviour in housing. To be antisocial behaviour, the behaviour must upset the community and must be persistent. More
Organisations that can help
Antisocial behaviour is a complex problem and often requires a multi-agency approach. Agencies have different responsibilities and powers to address anti-social behaviour. More
Help from the Housing Executive
The Housing Executive can help you if you or the person carrying out the antisocial behaviour is a Housing Executive tenant. You may also be able to get help from the Housing Executive if the other person has recently bought their home from the Housing Executive. More
Mediation may be able to help you find a solution to antisocial behaviour. It is not appropriate in every case but can be very effective. More
An injunction is a court order stopping someone from carrying out a certain action. A person who breaches an injunction could be put in prison. More
Antisocial behaviour orders
An antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is a court order stopping a person from carrying out antisocial behaviour. They last for at least two years, and you could be imprisoned for up to five years if you break your ASBO. More
If you are unable to live with your neighbours you may have to move house. If you have been evicted from your home because of antisocial behaviour it can be difficult to find a new place to live. More
Taking a court case
Anyone can take a case to court because of antisocial behaviour. However, private prosecutions usually aren't very successful and legal aid usually isn't available to cover your legal costs. More