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Housing law update

Alastair Redpath-Stevens and Jim Shepherd report on antisocial behaviour; Rent Assessment Committees; succession and allocation; homelessness; and possession
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27 June 2003

From 1 April 2003, local authorities and registered social landlords may seek antisocial behaviour orders in the county court: s 1B of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, as inserted by the Police Reform Act 2002, and see the Police Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No 4) Order 2003 (SI no 808).
An order may be sought where it is necessary to protect persons within the local government area of the relevant council. Further protection is also now available, as the court (magistrates’ or county) may, where it considers it just, make interim orders. These are for a fixed period, although they may be renewed, varied or discharged, and if still in force, cease to have effect upon determination of the main application for an antisocial behaviour order: see s 1D. The relevant CPR practice direction may be found at: www.lcd.gov.uk/civil/procrules_fin/contents/practice_directions/antisocial behaviour_pd.htm.

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