THE INJUNCTION TO PREVENT NUISANCE AND ANNOYANCE
The ‘IPNA’ is the new name for the Crime Prevention Injunction, which is due to replace the housing-specific Anti-social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI).
It will cover ages 10 and above (the asbi and ASBO were aimed at over 18 yr olds).
Injunctions against under-18s will be heard in Youth Courts.
The IPNA can be used against any individual, no matter wether they are in social housing or private residents.
As far as the details of the IPNA are concerned, the Home Office has listened to the concerns of housing associations and have tried to replicate the effective and speedy ASBI as far as possible:
The IPNA retains the lower test – nuisance and annoyance – and the lower proof (‘balance of probabilities’) that already exist for the ASBI
It includes provisions for interim, without notice, applications which have proved so succesful in the Social Housing world.
The IPNA can be applied for, and breaches dealt with, in the County Courts, which currently handle applications for ASBIs.
Like the ASBI a power of arrest can be attached to prohibitions where there is a risk of significant harm to victims and an exclusion order can be submitted to run along side.
for an example of how this works very quickly please link below
The New IPNA includes a ‘tenancy injunction’, which essentially reproduces the effect of Section 153D of the Housing Act 1996 (Injunction against breach of tenancy agreement).
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