Party house shut down by the council

Leeds City Council has closed down a ‘party house’ in east Leeds after a tenant caused months of nuisance for the neighbours.

At a hearing at Leeds Magistrates Court on Thursday 1 November the council obtained a premise closure order on 12 Southwood Road, Seacroft.  Ms Caroline Hickson, the tenant, handed back her keys and terminated her tenancy with the council on the same day.

The council had received many complaints from neighbours of serious nuisance caused by Ms Caroline Hickson and her visitors to the property. The complaints consisted of frequent parties which occurred late into the night with loud music and visitors shouting, swearing and intimidating neighbours in the street.

Leeds Anti Social Behaviour Team worked with Killingbeck Police neighbourhood policing team, Aire Valley Homes and Leeds City Council Legal Services to secure the order.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council, chair of the Safer Leeds and executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“This is another good example of where we have taken action to prevent a nuisance neighbour causing problems for the local area.

“The court process took only 10 days from serving the papers to the final hearing which shows that we can take fast and effective action where things quickly get out of hand in problem properties and where neighbours are prepared to come forward and report such problems.

“I hope this result will bring some relief from the problems neighbours of Ms Hickman have suffered recently.”

The property will now be closed for five weeks to allow the neighbours to get back to normal, and then the ALMO can take back the property on 5 December 2012 and arrange for it to be re-let.


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