Anti-social behaviour occurs where a person or a group of people behaves in a manner that is likely to have a negative impact on the wellbeing of others.
Anti-social behaviour may cause fear, danger, damage, injury, or loss.
Anti-social behaviour may present in the form of violence, intimidation, coercion, harassment, obstruction, threats or it may be engaging in persistent behaviour that interferes with the peaceful occupation of others.
Section 17 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (amended) outlines that ‘engaging in anti-social behaviour’ means to:
Engage in behaviour that constitutes the commission of an offence, being an offence the commission of which is reasonably likely to affect directly the well-being or welfare of others,
Engage in a way that causes, or could cause fear, danger, injury, damage, or loss to any person living, working or otherwise lawfully in the dwelling concerned or its vicinity and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, includes violence, intimidation, coercion, harassment or obstruction of, or threats to, any such person, or
Engage, persistently, in behaviour that prevents or interferes with the peaceful occupation
Examples of behaviour which would be considered as anti-social include:
- Violence against people
- Targeted vandalism (vandalism used to harass or intimidate).
- Sale or supply of drugs / Drug Use
- Racial harassment or other hate behaviour
- Threatening behaviour
- Vandalism or graffiti
- Damage to persons or property
- Persistent unreasonable noise
- Persistent loud parties
- Persistent disorderly behaviour
- Any other persistent behaviour that interferes with the peaceful occupation