A Birmingham MP has demanded the resignation of the city's head of housing after accusing Birmingham City Council of deliberately dumping a “neighbour from hell” on an unsuspecting housing association.
Residents were suffering harassment, anti-social behaviour and constant late-night noise as a result of the “disgraceful episode”, said MP Roger Godsiff (Lab Hall Green).
Birmingham City Council knew the tenant had a history of anti-social behaviour but “dumped” him on Moseley & District Housing Association without telling it the facts, he claimed.
The MP made the allegations in the House of Commons, where he called on the council’s Strategic Director for Homes and Neighbourhoods, Elaine Elkington, to resign.
It followed a “mutual transfer” agreement between Birmingham City Council and the housing association in 2010 which allowed tenant Lee Sinclair to move out his Billesely home, which was owned by the council, into a housing association property in Jakeman Road, Balsall Heath.
What the authority failed to mention was that a court in 2009 had fined Mr Sinclair £115 for failing to comply with an abatement notice banning him from playing extremely loud dance band music in the early hours.
Once in his new home, he continued playing music at loud volumes until 4am or 5am, Mr Godsiff told MPs.
He told the Commons: “The officers who approved the transfer deliberately and willfully conspired to ignore the Council’s own ‘mutual transfer procedures’ and did not tell Moseley & District about his past appalling record as a tenant despite the fact that this information was in the public domain.”
A city council spokesman said the authority had already apologised to residents affected.
He said: “An investigation highlighted a number of issues and lessons have been learned, which will help ensure that such matters are dealt with more robustly in future.
"A review will further explore the way in which housing exchanges are managed and, if necessary, procedures will be strengthened.”