East Lothian Council

Council evicts tenant on grounds of tenancy breach

Published Wednesday 25th October 17

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Council tenant evicted following discovery of Class A drugs

East Lothian Council has evicted one of its tenants for breaching her tenancy agreement following the discovery of a quantity of Class A drugs at her property.

On 9 August 2016 officers executed a search of Stacey Gibson’s council tenancy at 26A Rothesay Place, Musselburgh and a quantity of diamorphine was recovered.

On 5 January 2017 James Langford (36), a visitor to Ms Gibson’s home at the time of the offence, was convicted of an offence under section 4 (3) (B) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Mr Langford was made the subject of a Community Payback Order. 

Following upon an application being made by East Lothian Council, Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 1 September 2017 granted an eviction order against Ms Gibson (34). The council had argued that its tenant had breached the terms of her tenancy agreement on the basis that her tenancy had been used by Mr Langford in the commission of the offence. Ms Gibson’s property was recovered on 24 October 2017. 

Cllr Jim Goodfellow, Cabinet member for Housing and Community Wellbeing said:

“The council will not hesitate in taking enforcement action against tenants whose properties are used for the commission of offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The council recognises the negative impact drug dealing can have on communities and will work alongside Police Scotland to effectively disrupt the supply chain at every opportunity.”

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