We’re sure you’ll want to celebrate and enjoy your new home and all we ask is for you to respect the property and your neighbours. These can be the best years of your life and we want you to enjoy them, without any problems.
Broadly, it's acting in a way that causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress to one or more people in another household. To be antisocial behaviour, the behaviour must be persistent. There may be a fine line between antisocial behaviour and disputes between neighbours over relatively minor inconveniences, although these may, if persistent, become antisocial behaviour.
Antisocial behaviour can include:
shouting, swearing and fighting
intimidation of neighbours and others through threats or actual violence
harassment, including racial harassment or sectarian aggression
bullying of children in public recreation grounds, on the way to school or even on school grounds, if normal school disciplinary procedures do not stop the behaviour
abusive behaviour aimed at causing distress or fear to certain people, for example, elderly or disabled people
driving in an inconsiderate or careless way, for example, drivers congregating in an area for racing
animal nuisance, including dog fouling
vandalism, property damage, and graffiti.
If you’re planning an event or get together, we recommend speaking with your neighbours beforehand. This way, you should at least make them feel more comfortable to contact you if you're causing them any undue stress, rather than them contacting the authorities straight away, which could result in you receiving a fine for anti-social behaviour.
If any instances of anti-social behaviour are reported to us, we're obligated to follow our anti-social behaviour policy. This would mean contacting you in the first instance of a report, issuing warnings, before contacting all guarantors and universities if reports continue. We understand that there are two sides to every story, so we'd be happy to discuss any instances with you if you feel the report is unfair - this would be communicated to guarantors and universities as well.
If you're experiencing antisocial behaviour yourself, you can find out how to report it here, or if you have any more questions, you can contact us on 0191 243 1000.