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Gun-wielding threats no grounds for eviction

The Local · 6 Mar 2012, 12:38

Published: 06 Mar 2012 12:38 GMT+01:00

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“A settlement is always a settlement. That wasn’t our goal in the first place,” said Anders Nilsson, CEO for landlord Skurupshem to local paper Skånskan, adding that coming to an agreement was at least a step in the right direction.

According to the paper, Skurupshem had wanted to evict the man last autumn for threatening neighbours with a gun after the complained that a party got out of hand in the early hours of the morning.

The man and one of his friends were arrested by police and his gun was seized. When the man was released the day after, he allegedly shouted to his flabbergasted neighbours that he would kill them.

In the report to the Rent and Tenancy Tribunal (Hyresnämnden) Skurupshem said that the man is guilty of “serious offences” due to making the other tenants feel scared and worried.

In the wake of the incident, many residents requested to move apartments.

But as the man was never convicted of any offence, he has reached an agreement with the landlord which, according to the paper, means that he can stay on in the flat but with a shorter notice period of one month, rather than the standard three months.

A tenant being evicted is not something that happens often. At Skurupshem, Nilsson believes the interval to be around 15 years between cases severe enough to warrant eviction.

“It is an extreme measure,” Nilsson told Skånskan.

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13:29 March 6, 2012 by azimov
The landlord must be an idiot. One of your tenants is waving a gun around and the rest want to leave because of him. What would it take for the landlord to evict the miscreant? Holding black masses every Saturday night, with added child sacrifices? Opening a brothel? Dumping toxic waste in the communal bins area?
14:08 March 6, 2012 by godnatt
A great metaphor for Sweden today.

A gun toting thug has more rights than the innocent folks who are forced to live with him.

According to the govt, they should simply shut up and get used to living with thugs.

Really couldn't imagine a better metaphor.
14:42 March 6, 2012 by rohermoker
I am confused: How does some one get such a weapon when the law does not alow the purchase?
15:06 March 6, 2012 by Dazzler
You can buy weapons here, you just have to jump through the correct hoops and fill out the right paperwork.
16:23 March 6, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Removal of a tenant is an 'extreme measure', but don't a death threats have a far more extreme urgency?

Why don't his neighbours get him locked up for the death threats that he shouted out to them? There are many witnesses.

Then again death threats only carry a jail term of a month or two (based on an honour killing death threat case a few months ago), so either before or after that goes to trial this imbecile will acquire another hand gun and probably murder whoever lodged the complaint.

Until the glorification of violent criminals stops in Sweden, and as long as the rights of law abiding citizens continue to be ignored or trivialized, then these sorts of events will continue to occur.
16:28 March 6, 2012 by engagebrain
the article says the man was never convicted of an offfence - how come ?
19:43 March 6, 2012 by spo10
what an idiot of an owner! i hope it's him who gets hit with those bullets if that tenant of his goes gaga again.
03:13 March 7, 2012 by TheWatchman

I didn't even think of that. Wow. Brilliant.

And seriously, the landowner is stupid. If someone dies as a result of his decision, I'll be furious. Wow. They should just kick him out.
03:52 March 7, 2012 by muscle
the landlord wishes that such threat be experienced by it first. You know, seeing is believing
08:37 March 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
...surprised this guy couldn't be evicted on the grounds of keeping a weapon on the premises.

I wouldn't want to live near him
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