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Common myths about anti-social behaviour

Is it anti-social?  Who's responsible?  What can be done?

Anything I find annoying is anti-social behaviour

This isn't true

You must always try to remember and understand differences in lifestyles and cultures of others. Ask yourself whether the behaviour is genuinely distressing to you and/or others or is it just annoying because it's different or irritating?

Everyday noise (e.g. doors closing, vacuuming, talking etc) is not considered a nuisance unless it's deliberately done to cause annoyance or there is evidence that it is occurring at an unacceptably high sound level and rate.

Orbit is responsible for the behaviour of its residents

This isn't true

We have a responsibility to respond to and deal with anti-social behaviour and try and resolve all reported cases as effectively as possible.

We are not responsible for the behaviour of our residents.

I'm not responsible for the behaviour of my children or visitors

This isn't true

You are responsible for the behaviour of every person, regardless of age, living in or visiting your property.

We can take action against you even if nuisance is being caused by your visitors, children or somebody else living in your home.

I only have to be quiet after 11pm

This isn't true

Noise can be considered as anti-social at any time of the day or night if it affects others.

I've reported it once so that's enough

This isn't true

For Orbit to take action we need as much evidence as possible so using diary sheets to record every time something happens is really important.

Enforcement or legal action cannot be taken without substantial evidence.

Anyone causing anti-social behaviour can just be evicted

This isn't true

Evicting someone from their home is always a last resort and only considered in very serious cases.

We will always explore all other options first. Our priority is to do everything we can to resolve problems before taking court action.

The court process can be a very long one and there is no guarantee that the outcome will result in a successful prosecution and eviction.