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Birmingham landlord fined £2,200 for illegal eviction

A Birmingham landlord has been fined £700 and order to pay £1,500 costs for illegally evicting a family of nine.

Mirsad Solakovic, 37, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham was found guilty of unlawfully evicting the family from a property in Bordesley Green, in contravention of Section 1(2) of The Protection from Eviction Act 1977 on 2 October 2013.

Solakovic had asked his tenants to leave without serving the appropriate notice. Birmingham City Council wrote to the agent who was managing the property at the time outlining the legal procedure to be followed to obtain possession. Although the agent served a new notice giving the tenant two months to leave, Solakovic took ‘the law into his own hands’ and changed the locks.

When one of the sons living at the property came home later that day he discovered the locks had been changed and called the police. Solakovic refused to let the family return. Instead he allowed one family member to enter and retrieve a few belongings, and then crammed the rest into the garage.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood management and homes, Cllr John Cotton, said: “When relationships break down between tenants and landlords there are strict legal processes that have to be followed and council officers are here to help both sides move forward. In this case, Mr Solakovic took the law into his own hands and unlawfully evicted a family. Today’s prosecution sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate this behaviour and will pursue those landlords who operate outside the law.”

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    There is no mention as to why Mr Solakovic deemed it necessary to evict. But assuming it was a valid reason I.e. Non payment of rent, then the fine will be a lot less than suffering months of no rent, the subsequent court costs and not to mention the stress in following the legal process.

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    It's kind of cruel to treat people like that. We don't know what the reasons for eviction were but he still should have let the family get their belongings and leave the apartment normally. I don't support such actions under no condition! The family should fight for its rights at all cost!

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