ASB can be caused by anyone and it can occur either inside the home or in the locality of the home. Anyone can be a victim of anti-social behaviour or suffer the effects of it, regardless of whether they are a business owner, council tenant, home-owner, tenant of a registered social landlord or private landlord.
Are you unsure what constitutes anti-social behaviour?
The definition of anti-social behaviour is: ‘acting in an anti-social manner that has caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as himself’
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) covers a wide spectrum of activities from minor neighbour disputes arising out of differences in lifestyle, to serious criminal behaviour often in the form of harassment.
Therefore, while we all know anti-social behaviour when we see it, it is difficult to come up with a single complete definition. However, there are a number of key aspects of what constitutes ASB, some of which are listed below:
* excessive noise (especially late at night)
* rowdy, unruly or threatening behaviour
* criminal activity
* nuisance caused by children of tenants, or visitors to council properties and estates
* nuisance caused by animals
* dumping of litter or rubbish
* statutory nuisance (such as fume emissions)
* breaches of tenancy conditions
* anti-social behaviour can be targeted at an individual often because of perceived differences (for example, harassment including racial harassment)
* anti-social behaviour can be “accidental” or “un-thinking” inconsiderate behaviour.