Doncaster man in ‘never-ending’ battle with housing association after being forced from home due to anti-social behaviour

A Doncaster man who was forced to leave his home due to persistent anti-social behaviour says his battle with the housing association who looked after the property is like a “never-ending nightmare”.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 11:31 am

Vance Brown began to experience anti-social behaviour from his neighbours shortly after moving into a flat on Bosworth Road, Adwick le Street, in August 2019.

The 30-year-old reported the persistent disruption to My Space Housing Solutions, a housing association which supports vulnerable adults, who promised to move the problematic neighbour.

However this never happened and after enduring months of anguish Vance says was forced to move in with his parents in a bid to get some peace and quiet.

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Vance, who is classed as a vulnerable adult and has mental health issues, said: “I ended up sleeping on the living room floor at my parents' house as they only had two bedrooms and I have a younger brother. That was awful as it ended up aggravating a back injury I suffered a few years ago.

“There was loud music, drug-taking and around 20 to 30 teenagers constantly in and out of the flat. My Space told me and my support worker that they would move the neighbour to give me some peace and quiet but it didn’t happen. I just felt traumatised by it all and it triggered my mental health.”

To make matters worse after officially moving out of the property on January 20, Vance is facing yet more problems with My Space Housing Solutions.

“It’s like a never-ending nightmare,” he added. “They are now accusing me of not giving them the keys saying they will bill me for this as they’ll have to change the locks.

“They have threatened to deduct money from my benefits to cover the cost. I get housing benefit as I don’t work and all the removal costs have come out of my benefits, it has left me struggling to afford basic items.

“I’m now in a nicer bungalow but I just don’t trust them, my support worker even witnessed me hand the keys over.”

When approached, My Space Housing said they were unable to comment due to legal reasons adding they may comment at a later date if required.