asked Her Majesty's Government:
- (a) whether it is permitted for landlords in Northern Ireland to take action against tenants in respect of the behaviour of visitors;
- (b) if so, whether the Government consider such action to be equitable; and
- (c) whether current legislation on this subject is, or is likely to be, subject to judicial review. [HL814]
§ Baroness Amos
Under the terms of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 public sector landlords—the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and registered housing associations—have the power to seek repossession of a property from a tenant if the tenant fails to ensure that any individual residing with them, or visiting the property, behaves in a reasonable and appropriate manner.177WA
Yes. Tenants are responsible for their households and are accountable for the conduct of visitors or guests invited by other household members if they have tolerated or accepted such individuals in their homes. The Government consider that the rights of individuals who suffer as a result of anti-social behaviour should be protected.
A judicial review has been called into the proposed scheme for the registration of houses in multiple occupation—provision for which is included in the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—and which includes measures for dealing with anti-social behaviour of tenants and visitors.