A flat run as a notorious drug den for several years has been claimed back at last by council housing chiefs.
Dacorum Borough Council went to court this week to get an order to take possession of the flat in Everest Way, Hemel Hempstead.
At Watford County Court, the council was given immediate possession of the property, bringing to an official end the tenancy of Michelle Wakeling, who was convicted of possession of heroin following a police raid last year.
The latest action follows a court closure order of the premises back in November due to Class A drug use and anti-social behaviour.
Neighbours had complained of dozens of people coming and going at all times of the day and night.
November’s action meant the property could be locked up and barred to everyone including the tenant for three months – the maximum time that the order can run for.
The drastic action is designed to put an immediate stop to any criminal activity.
The closure order expired on Wednesday last week.
But the court action has put to an end any fears that the flat could once again become a magnet for drug users trying to get a fix.
Councillor Neil Harden, who oversees residents and regulatory services, said: “This positive result confirms that the council will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will work with and support residents who find themselves in this difficult position.
“We hope that the outcome will encourage anyone affected by antisocial behaviour to come forward and work with the council and police to resolve it.”
Last year Wakeling was given a six-month suspended sentence for her dealings with drugs.
Under council housing rules people are placed on a deferred housing register, which means they are not be eligible for social housing, if they have been evicted on the grounds of antisocial behaviour in the last five years.
There are six monthly review options for applicants to have their behaviour looked at again.