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Allotment tenancy barring policy

Rationale for the barring policy

Norwich City Council requires a clear policy for barring tenants who have had their tenancy terminated for non-payment of rent or breach of allotment rules. This policy will allow the council and the ex-tenant to know how long any bar will last before they can be reconsidered for rejoining the allotment waiting list.

After a tenant has had their tenancy terminated by the council they will not be able to apply for an allotment for a set period of time with the barring policy reflecting the nature and severity of the tenancy termination.

Types of bar and suggested barring periods

Tenancy ended due to non-cultivation of the allotment
The ex-tenant will not be able to apply to join the allotment waiting list for a minimum of three years after the date the tenancy has been ended.

Tenancy ended due to non-payment of rent
The ex-tenant may not apply to rejoin the waiting list for two years after their tenancy has been ended for non-payment of rent.

Tenancy ended due to tenant breach of allotment waste regulations
If the waste is removed by the ex-tenant after the termination, they may apply for a new allotment two years after the tenancy has been ended.

If the waste is removed by the council, the tenant will not be able to apply for an allotment for four years and in serious cases the ex-tenant may be barred permanently from joining the allotment waiting list.

If waste is burnt illegally on the allotment, the ex-tenant will be barred from joining the waiting list for three years and in serious cases may be barred permanently.

Tenancy ended due to undertaking a polluting activity
This may include things like burning plastics or other inorganic waste or bringing polluting materials such as tyres or asbestos onto the allotment. A minimum bar of three years will be applied in these cases but this may be extended depending on the severity of the activity. In serious cases the ex-tenant may be barred permanently from joining the allotment waiting list.

Tenancy ended due to illegal behaviour
If a tenant has had their tenancy ended due to an illegal act such as theft or harassment of other tenants, then the bar on joining the waiting list will depend on the nature and severity of the activity with a minimum bar of three years. In serious cases the ex-tenant may be barred permanently from joining the allotment waiting list.

If a tenant has been barred more than once
In this case they will be barred permanently from joining any allotment waiting list.

February 2017