Police shut down 'neighbour from hell' house

Police shut down 'neighbour from hell' house

Police shut down 'neighbour from hell' house

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POLICE have shut down a house run by ‘neighbours from hell’ after a six month campaign of misery against residents.

The address at 31 Sycamore Crescent, Rixton, has been boarded up by officers from Cheshire Police after numerous complaints from neighbours.

Tenant Leah Holzman, aged 20, has been evicted, after the closure notice was approved at Halton Magistrates Court last week.

Residents on the usually quiet street say lives were ‘made a misery’ by Ms Holzman and her visitors.

She hosted late night parties with pounding music, with rubbish, cigarette ends and empty bottles dumped in the garden.

Neighbours even claimed boxer shorts smeared with human excrement were thrown from windows and said they were scared to leave their homes.

They also said youths would run away from taxis without paying and hide in the flat; be abusive to anyone who complained; and run through gardens.

Other people on the street called the noise ‘horrendous’, and upped security with locks and posters warning of CCTV.

Residents said they had been forced to get sleeping tablets from the doctors, and ‘bulk buy’ ear plugs, as they had not been able to sleep properly for months.

Ms Holzman and associates were also said to laugh and joke after visits from housing officers and police.

Wren Allen, aged 33, lives on Sycamore Crescent. She said: “You never saw the police until she moved in here, then they were around all the time.

“There were lots of people going to the flat that don’t live around here and they made so much noise, it was awful.”

Police said that crime had also gone up in the area with bike thefts and shed break-ins reported.

Sgt Darren Burns is from Warrington East NPU, which covers Rixton, Poulton, Birchwood, Padgate, Woolston, Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft, He said: “The female resident allowed people to meet there at all hours, play loud music and cause a disturbance to neighbours.”

Warrington Borough Council’s environmental health team installed equipment that registered 50 incidents of unacceptable noise in a matter of days.

Residents were also told to keep anti-social behaviour diaries.

The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

It will remain closed for three months.

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10:09am Thu 27 Feb 14

old-codger says...

The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).
The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust. This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):). old-codger
  • Score: 19

12:38pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Karlar says...

old-codger wrote:
The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).
Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?
[quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust. This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).[/p][/quote]Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords? Karlar
  • Score: 1

2:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

Karlar wrote:
old-codger wrote:
The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).
Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?
or owner-occupiers?
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust. This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).[/p][/quote]Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?[/p][/quote]or owner-occupiers? Nick Tessla
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Andycass says...

Karlar wrote:
old-codger wrote:
The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).
Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?
I knew the neighbour in the flat below.He a Iraq war veteran who suffers with PTSD due to his war experiences.The Tennant Liza Holzman made his life a complete misery for six months,as did her friends who stayed at the property with her. Its now surprise that she had her kids taken off her too.Its good to see justice done,however,my only criticism is the law system and how long it takes to evict bad tennants.

Yes the law regarding anti social behavior from bad tennants is appropriate for all landlords,housing associations etc. You would need to contact your local police for details. Leah Holzman's eviction was by Police legal action under ASB laws,Golden Gates have there own legal action pending to reclaim the property.
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust. This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).[/p][/quote]Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?[/p][/quote]I knew the neighbour in the flat below.He a Iraq war veteran who suffers with PTSD due to his war experiences.The Tennant Liza Holzman made his life a complete misery for six months,as did her friends who stayed at the property with her. Its now surprise that she had her kids taken off her too.Its good to see justice done,however,my only criticism is the law system and how long it takes to evict bad tennants. Yes the law regarding anti social behavior from bad tennants is appropriate for all landlords,housing associations etc. You would need to contact your local police for details. Leah Holzman's eviction was by Police legal action under ASB laws,Golden Gates have there own legal action pending to reclaim the property. Andycass
  • Score: 13

3:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

I would be more worried about where she is living now!
I would be more worried about where she is living now! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 24

7:27pm Thu 27 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Karlar wrote:
old-codger wrote:
The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).
Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?
I don't know but I wouldn't think so.
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust. This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).[/p][/quote]Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?[/p][/quote]I don't know but I wouldn't think so. old-codger
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Sat 1 Mar 14

MAD 4 IT says...

BET there are plenty of these TYPE of houses in or..ford
BET there are plenty of these TYPE of houses in or..ford MAD 4 IT
  • Score: -22

1:19pm Sun 2 Mar 14

The Maestro says...

Yes they do have powers, the landlord is responsible for the behaviour of the tenants. As for owner occupies any complaints should be directed to the morgage company as it may breech the morgage agreement.
Yes they do have powers, the landlord is responsible for the behaviour of the tenants. As for owner occupies any complaints should be directed to the morgage company as it may breech the morgage agreement. The Maestro
  • Score: -3

2:19pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Karlar says...

Having got rid of the jerks who were making their neighbours' lives hell, what is the logic in keeping the property empty for three months when more reasonable and law abiding people are looking to be housed?
Having got rid of the jerks who were making their neighbours' lives hell, what is the logic in keeping the property empty for three months when more reasonable and law abiding people are looking to be housed? Karlar
  • Score: 6

10:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Karlar wrote:
old-codger wrote:
The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust.

This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).
Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?
Yes,the Legal processes are very similar and the house etc. could be sold to pay for any legal action or additional work undertaken by the council.
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: The problem property is owned by Golden Gates Housing Trust. This is what happens when landlords don't get a say in the letting of their own properties, Its done by Choose a home on a points and bidding system. References should have been obtained and police checks for ASB should have been done, I am very pleased for the residents in Rixton who may now go back to a normal life, But they may have trouble sleeping as it is too quiet :):):).[/p][/quote]Do the Police and the law have similar powers over private landlords?[/p][/quote]Yes,the Legal processes are very similar and the house etc. could be sold to pay for any legal action or additional work undertaken by the council. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

chumhill says...

Honestly who breeds idiots like this Leah Holzman, they need to be neutered so they cant re-produce more scum.
Honestly who breeds idiots like this Leah Holzman, they need to be neutered so they cant re-produce more scum. chumhill
  • Score: 8

12:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

chumhill says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
BET there are plenty of these TYPE of houses in or..ford
Think you need to go back to school or get a job either one.
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: BET there are plenty of these TYPE of houses in or..ford[/p][/quote]Think you need to go back to school or get a job either one. chumhill
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

tojahejome says...

Why does it take so long to get rid of such people. It's not wonder that othee affected by these low life, are tempted to take matters into their own hands.
Why does it take so long to get rid of such people. It's not wonder that othee affected by these low life, are tempted to take matters into their own hands. tojahejome
  • Score: 4

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