Thurrock council obtains injunction against two residents
COUNCIL chiefs have obtained an interim injunction to prevent residents from living in an unsecured multiple-occupancy house (HMO).
In what is believed to be a UK first, Thurrock Council secured the High Court injunction against two residents who lived in an HMO in Grays.
They had continued to live there despite a number of dangerous category one and category two hazards identified at the property, including fire hazards and inadequate means of escape.
The council initially identified the dangers and served a restraining order on the property on December 10 of last year.
The property had been sublet as an HMO to at least eight people and it was later discovered that the rear of the premises had also been occupied and presented Category 1 hazards.
The ordinance banned the property as residential accommodation and a number of subtenants left the accommodation and accepted council support for the relocation.
The two occupants who remained at the HMO against the terms of the order were ordered by the High Court judge to vacate the property within 14 days.
The council insists that it will help them find alternative accommodation.
Rob Gledhill, Thurrock Board Leader, said: “This is a significant achievement for Thurrock Board.
“We will continue to lead by example and find alternative solutions where failure to comply with the original order would generally have led to legal action against residents who remain in unsafe conditions.
“Residents living in the building were treated unfairly and were drawn to cheap rent in return for not only poor but dangerous living conditions.
“Thanks to the council’s swift action, we were able to make sure they were leaving dangerous property.
“This High Court ruling may pave the way for other authorities who may be in the same situation to use our judgment as case law.”