Council house tenants convicted of looting or violent disorder face eviction, the city’s Tory housing chief has warned.
Coun John Lines said that he would do all he can to remove those “scum of the earth” from the council’s 65,000 homes.
Tenants have responsible behaviour clauses in their tenancies and are also banned from using their homes for illegal activity, such as storing stolen goods.
Coun Lines (Con Bartley Green) said: “We have thousands of council houses and hundreds of these looters will be going before the courts, so I am quite positive that many of these criminals will be council tenants.
“If they have stolen goods and have taken them back to their property, then they are using their council house for illegal purposes, which is a clear breach of their tenancy and we will look to seek eviction.”
Coun Lines said he will also take legal advice on whether those convicted of disorder can be evicted under anti-social behaviour clauses in their tenancy agreements.
“I hope the police will work closely with housing officers to identify any council tenants convicted so we can also take appropriate action.
“There will be no soft option from me, I have thousands of decent law-abiding families queuing up for council houses and will waste no time getting rid of these scum of the earth.”
His warning to looters comes as thousands of people have signed an e-petition on the Government website calling for those convicted of London riot offences to have any benefits withdrawn.
The petitions states: “No taxpayer should have to contribute to those who have destroyed property, stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them.”
The numbers of signatures was expected to pass the 100,000 mark needed to make the issue eligible for a House of Commons debate and vote.
A Commons committee must consider all large petitions for debate.
Such was the demand for the petition that the Government website crashed.