Tackling Housing Related Anti-Social Behaviour and the Right to Respect for Private Life and Home

M. Vols, Woonoverlast en het recht op privéleven. De aanpak van overlastveroorzakers in Nederland, Engeland, Wales en België, Den Haag: BJu 2013

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Michel Vols

University of Groningen, Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 31, 2013

Abstract

The subject of this paper is the tackling of housing related anti-social behaviour (‘woonoverlast’) in the Netherlands, England, Wales and Belgium by local authorities. The way local authorities deal with anti-social behaviour has been a highly debated topic in political and legal discourse in the Netherlands in recent times. The paper addresses the question whether different instruments could be created in order to balance on the one hand the negative obligation (the government’s obligation to refrain from intervening in a citizen's private life) that arises from the right to private life of the anti-social person and on the other hand the positive obligation (the government’s obligation to tackle anti-social behaviour) that stems from the right to private life of the victims. In order to develop a more balanced set of instruments, the protection of the right to private life of the perpetrator and that of his victims in the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Wales are analysed and compared. Subsequently, the legal instruments of local authorities to combat housing related anti-social behaviour are analysed and compared with the framework of the protection of the right to private life of perpetrators and victims.

Keywords: anti-social behaviour, housing law, ASBO, nuisance, eviction, closure orders, ECHR, right to respect for private life and home

JEL Classification: K32, K42

Suggested Citation

Vols, Michel, Tackling Housing Related Anti-Social Behaviour and the Right to Respect for Private Life and Home (October 31, 2013). M. Vols, Woonoverlast en het recht op privéleven. De aanpak van overlastveroorzakers in Nederland, Engeland, Wales en België, Den Haag: BJu 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425650

Michel Vols (Contact Author)

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