Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast, Fra McCann, has welcomed the announcement by the housing minister Nelson McCausland that a consultation is now underway to deal with the issue of anti-social tenants.
Speaking earlier Mr McCann said:
"The issue of anti-social tenants has been on that I and many others have been calling for firm action to be taken on to deal with. This ever growing problem causes disruption for communities and destroys valuable housing stock.
"Anti-social behaviour is a blight. I would ask that the minister to cast the net wider when looking for solutions to these problems and tap into good practice elsewhere including the question of vandalism which costs tens of thousands of pounds to be rectified.
"Currently there is no with no pursuance of those involved and obviously this must change."