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‘Nightmare’ neighbour evicted from Woodford Green home for anti social behaviour

Iain Duncan Smith met with residents at Chartwell Court last year to address the matters of the anti social tenant. Iain Duncan Smith met with residents at Chartwell Court last year to address the matters of the anti social tenant.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
4:20 PM

A 20 year “nightmare” is over for residents now that a nuisance neighbour has finally been evicted.

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Sarah Oliver, 41, was removed from her Chartwell Court home in Woodford Green for persistent anti social behaviour is now receiving medical treatment, according to Redbridge Council.

Her eviction went ahead after the housing provider Home Group secured a possession order at Bow County Court, Stratford.

The court heard how she “racially abused neighbours, held loud parties...was responsible for petty thefts, drank alcohol in communal areas and that guests to her home had banged on doors and littered.”

The possession order allowed Home group to legally remove Oliver on February 6.

Oliver is now in regular contact with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust and receiving medical help.

Iain Duncan Smith, Woodford Green MP, welcomed the action. He said: “I was very pleased to learn from Home Group that the problem tenant has finally been evicted.

“I visited Chartwell Court twice while she was living there and I was appalled at the mess and destruction she was causing.”

Acting head of customer service at Home Group, Nicki Burton, said: “We simply do not tolerate anti social behaviour and we will always take action to tackle it. Our customers deserve to be able to live in peace and quiet and feel safe in their homes.

“The law quite rightly prevents landlords from simply evicting customers and for that reason we have to work through the courts to obtain an order.

“For the past 12 months we’ve been working closely with our customers to gather evidence and present a strong case to a judge.

“Should Oliver return to the property we will seek an injunction with the power of arrest against her which we will be able to obtain much more quickly as a result of this court order.”

The group are arranging for her to be escorted back to Chartwell Court to collect her belongings.

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