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We all know that pleasant, safe communities and neighbourhoods, free from anti-social behaviour are good places to live. Worthing Homes treat reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously and are committed to doing everything possible to deal with and prevent anti-social behaviour.

Your responsibilities in your community

You have a responsibility to respect your neighbours and the local environment and be aware of and keep to the conditions of your tenancy. You are also responsible for the behaviour of your family, visitors and pets.

Following the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 we are required to produce a summary of our policy and procedures, which explains our commitment and how we will deal with reports of anti-social behaviour.

Download our Anti-Social Behaviour Booklet, or you can get a copy from Worthing Homes reception. Alternatively, contact our Housing Services team (details below) to request a copy.

Details of our response times to anti-social behaviour can be found on our ASB Matrix

Please also contact our Housing Services team for the full Anti-Social Behaviour Policy and Procedures.

Experiencing Noise nuisance?

For those residents that are suffering noise nuisance, we now have a new app you can download which will allow you to record the noise as it is happening and send through to us. The Noise App is available from all app stores and is free.

You will need to select “Adur and Worthing Councils” as your service provider and you will be able to submit evidence to us through the app. We have this service in conjunction with Environmental Health and the Safer Communities Team at Adur and Worthing Council.

If you wish to find out more please see www.thenoiseapp.com

 

IMPORTANT – Due to an increasing number of incidents involving resident’s dogs we ask that all dogs are now put away securely when staff or contractors are visiting the premises.

Please note it is now against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere including in the owners home. Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

    • Injures someone
    • Makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if:

  • it injures someone’s animal
  • the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

Please note the law applies to all dogs. For more information on the law and the penalties an owner faces if their dog is found to be dangerously out of control go to www.gov.uk/control-dog-public

 

Examples of anti-social behaviour

The Crime and Disorder Act, 1998 formally defines anti-social behaviour also know as ‘ASB’ in terms of behaviour that ‘caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as [the defendant].’ Examples include:

  • loud playing of hi-fi, radio, TV or musical instruments;
  • constant slamming of doors or dogs barking;
  • using or threatening to use premises for immoral or illegal purposes;
  • violence or threats of violence, or violence against property;
  • domestic violence;
  • aggressive and threatening language and behaviour;
  • intimidation or harassment;
  • racial, homophobic or disability related harassment;
  • fouling of public areas;
  • graffiti;
  • fly-tipping;
  • vandalism.
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