It's not all tea and crumpets in some British communities, but there may be sweet revenge in store for those who are tired of their unruly neighbors.
Some of Britain's most socially incoherent families are in danger of being plucked from their homes and dropped into "managed properties" that will teach them the values of being good neighbors, according to government housing plans announced on Wednesday.
Think that's harsh? Try being evicted for excessive unruliness, vandalism or noise.
The "respect agenda," an effort introduced by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005, will set up 53 "managed properties" across the country. Their occupants will be identified as apathetic parents, rowdy ruffians and petty criminals. They will be allowed back into their communities if social workers from the Home Office determine they are fit to do so.
The Home Office said this week that the projects would be handling an estimated 1,000 families by the end of the year, of whom about 25 would be housed in the special units. They will be monitored by "supernannies" who will conduct daily patrols on families and offer parenting advice and support.
Blair's message is clear: If "neighbors from hell" don't shape up, they will have to ship out.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.