Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003
This Act of Parliament was introduced in 2003 to make provision for anti-social behaviour. The phrase mostly linked to this in the mainstream media is 'ASBO's'.
The key provisions of this legislation are a widening of the scope for local authorities , the police and registered social landlords to apply for an anti social behaviour order. It also provides for dispersal orders whereby any grouyp of 2 or more people can be orders to dsiperse in which their presnce is likely to cause anxiety or distress to others or fear of harm. Failure to disperse would result in a criminal offence.
The main provisions relevant to landlords, however, are in relation to the power the police have to shutter premises which have been used to supply Class-A drugs. Such closure may be for up to six months.