ASB Help has outlined many of the failings of the Community Trigger (or ASB Case Review) in our report: “The Community Trigger: Empowerment or Bureaucratic Exercise”. However, it is still our belief that it has the potential to make a real difference. Here is a case study which shows how positive results can come out of the process.
Housing Association inexperience
Scenario: a tenant of a Housing Association complained to her local Council that despite making numerous reports to her landlord about noise nuisance from a neighbour, nothing had been done. She said that her requests for updates from the landlord were ignored.
On investigation it was found that the problem neighbour had moved out of the property to live with a new partner. This meant that her son was now living alone at the property and was having regular, rowdy parties with his student friends.
The Housing Association reported that they were having trouble getting evidence on which they could act. They had also been unable to speak to the named tenant to discuss the complaints with her.
The Community Trigger
The victim contacted the Council to activate the Community Trigger. The threshold was met and the review meeting was attended by representatives of the Housing Association, the Council, the Police and Victim Support.
As the different partners met to discuss the case, it became apparent that the Housing Association lacked the confidence and knowledge to deal with the issues. The Housing Association had been so focused on the ASB that it had overlooked the potential subletting issue.
The Community Trigger Panel advised the Housing Association to issue a ‘notice to quit’ as the named tenant was believed to be living elsewhere. They also offered advice on how to monitor noise.
The Housing Association followed the Community Trigger Panel’s recommendation and wrote to the named tenant who, fearful of losing her own home, moved back to the property. The noisy parties stopped immediately and there was complete respite for the victim.
The Community Trigger process was a success and brought respite for the victim. It also brought positive results for the Housing Association and its capacity to deal with issues of ASB too. The Council has offered ongoing support to the Housing Association which is really beneficial to both parties.
It is so encouraging to see the positive results from this Community Trigger application. We are glad the victim knew that it was available to them to use and that they will have seen such a great result from the process.
It is also great to see the Housing Association, rather than going on the defensive, was open about its inexperience and has accepted help. This is key to an effective Community Trigger process – that all parties around the table can be open and honest about what they have done to resolve anti-social behaviour, and be willing and ready to learn how they could improve. Recommendations were made, then were implemented, with a positive result all round. Wonderful to see!