Neighbour from hell is evicted
9:47am Saturday 6th October 2012 in News
A NIGHTMARE neighbour has been thrown out of her home.
Nikki Haslam, aged 34, was evicted from her flat in Connaught Square, Tonge Moor, yesterday morning after making her neighbours’ lives a misery.
Since she moved in several months ago Miss Haslam has plagued neighbours by banging on their windows and doors and ringing people’s buzzers to gain entry to the block of flats in the early hours of the morning.
Neighbours also reported loud arguments in Miss Haslam’s flat and visitors in the evening and early hours of the morning to landlord Bolton at Home. Police had been contacted a number of times and bosses from Bolton at Home decided to take action because of the repeated anti-social behaviour, as well as evidence of drug use and alleged prostitution at the address.
Staff from Bolton at Home, along with police, arrived at Miss Haslam’s flat at 11.35am yesterday after obtaining a court order to evict her.
Miss Haslam refused to open the door for 15 minutes, but did so when a locksmith started to break in.
She shouted through the door that she had been in hospital and it is understood she had leg wounds. She said she had not received the letter about the eviction, but was told it was hand delivered, and she was also served papers at court.
Miss Haslam missed last month’s hearing as she arrived 45 minutes late but was given the documents when she arrived at court.
Miss Haslam was given a few minutes to gather some of her things and then left the flat.
Danielle Hennifer, who is understood to be Miss Haslam’s partner, was also at the flat yesterday and forced to leave.
The flat had a dirty bed sheet covering the bedroom window, while the living room had pieces of paper and pictures as curtains.
It is understood Miss Haslam had been at the flat for about three months.
Evidence presented to Bolton County Court detailed repeated attempts by Bolton at Home to work with Miss Haslam, but help was continually refused, leaving no option but to push for an eviction.
One 70-year-old neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “There was always slamming doors in the early hours which would wake me up in the night.
“The communal door was always being left open and unlocked. Anyone could just walk in and it made me fear for my safety.”
There were also complaints about the smell of rotting flesh coming from the propery. The neighbour added: “They have been taking drugs and then there is the horrible smell.
Someone upstairs moved out because they could not bear the smell.
“They have been here about three months but it feels like longer. It has been bad since the first day. I am glad I will get some peace now.”
Tess Ash, assistant director for neighbourhood safety at Bolton at Home, said: “Her ongoing anti-social behaviour forced us to apply for immediate possession of the property.
In granting this, the judge advised that he felt the tenant had been given sufficient chances and offers of support. We place great emphasis on ensuring our customers can live in a safe environment and do not have to put up with people who make their lives a misery. We would like to thank members of the local community in helping us take a stand against this type of behaviour.”