Tenant evicted for noise nuisance

Posted on Tuesday 9th May 2017

ASB evictionTower Hamlets Homes’ (THH) has taken back a much-needed property from a tenant who was making the lives of her neighbours a misery. The flat at Butler House, Bethnal Green, was handed back to THH by court order after the tenant, Ms Mawahib Jama, subjected her neighbours to persistent noise nuisance. 

The anti-social behaviour spanned more than two years, starting just two weeks after Ms Jama first moved in. Despite written and verbal warnings and a successful appeal against extending the period of her Probationary Tenancy, she continued to show complete disregard for neighbours. Consequently THH successfully took out an injunction against Ms Jama and when this was breached the case went back to court, with THH gaining outright possession of the property.

Ms Jama and visitors to the property regularly subjected neighbours to excessive noise and disruption as well as intimidating behaviour. One neighbour said: 

“I could hear the noise practically every night – music, shouting, fighting and banging doors. It put me on edge so much that I ended up at the doctors. I was always thinking ‘what’s going to happen tonight? Are we going to have any more problems? It made me a nervous wreck.”

Susmita Sen, Tower Hamlets Homes Chief Executive added: “It’s incredible the impact that one inconsiderate tenant can have on the lives of their neighbours. In this case, residents had to leave their own homes to get a peaceful night’s sleep as Ms Jama subjected them to frequent disturbance from parties, loud music and arguments.

This repossession is a great example of successful partnership working; it’s a credit to our staff, partners and long-suffering neighbours who relentlessly gathered the evidence needed in this case. This action will give residents a welcome reprieve from the terrible noise nuisance they’ve endured. I hope that cases like this will give others the courage to report incidents in the knowledge that positive action can and will be taken.”

THH residents can report anti-social behaviour, in confidence, by phoning 0800 917 5 918


Posted on Tuesday 9th May 2017