Your home

Taking legal action

In this section

We have the powers to take legal action against residents and members of their household, if there is strong supporting evidence. If we are to successfully take action we will need your help in providing this evidence.

Action we can take could be:

  • possession proceedings (this is legal action against a resident that could result in them losing their home if ordered by the Court);
  • injunction (an application to the court to stop someone causing anti-social behaviour);
  • demoted tenancy (an application to the court to have an assured tenancy demoted or reduced to an assured shorthold tenancy, which offers less security and rights. If a resident does not comply with the terms of the demotion order they could lose their home);
  • working in partnership with the Worthing and Adur Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership we can apply for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

Action against leaseholders or shared owners

Leaseholders and shared owners are bound by the terms of their lease. The Sales and Leasehold Adviser will investigate reports of anti-social behaviour caused by leaseholders or shared home owners. In serious cases we may:

  • apply for an injunction;
  • serve a forfeiture notice and make an application to the court to end the lease.

Action against owner-occupiers

We will work in partnership with the Worthing and Adur Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership to resolve the problem and take appropriate action.