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Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still inside the property in Nottingham.

Aside from pay compensation, city magistrates also ordered Mohammed Azheem, 32, to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, pay Nottingham City Council’s costs of £600 and a government surcharge of £85.

The court told Azheem, who has helped his father manage his property portfolio since he was 18, that his actions had caused the tenant, who was renting the two-bedroom flat on a six-month tenancy agreement, a great deal of distress, owed in part to language problems.

After the tenant fell into rent arrears, Azheem, also referred to as ‘Jimmy’, turned up at the rental property without prior notice, used his own keys to enter the flat, and eventually changed the locks.

Sarah Mills, on behalf of Nottingham City Council, said that Azheem also sent the tenant a number of WhatsApp messages demanding the outstanding rent.

“On January 18, they [the WhatApp messages from Azheem] became more aggressive, telling her [the tenant] to move out or he would change the locks,” said Mills.

When the locks were eventually changed, the tenant was unable to retrieve her belongings.

Azheem pleaded guilty to unlawfully depriving the woman of her residence.

Presiding magistrate Nikki Whitelaw told him: “This is a very severe offence in that someone has been deprived of their residence.

“It was aggravated by the fact that this individual is Hungarian and has language challenges as well.”

  • Amanda Burrow

    Hello
    I’m being taken to court by the council for entering into a property no rent for 11 months served section 21 and about to serve a poccession order when I was advised the tenants had moved I put a abandonment notice up and my landlordlord and knock smith changed a lock which had super glue in property full of dog mess ! Landlord started work council turned up drilled out locks and gave keys back to pervious non paying tenants , the council are taking myself and locksmith to court , Iv worked closely for 35 years with this council totally feel like giving up ! The laws are crazy

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    My god!. I`m so sorry to hear that. I have had things similar but not turned that sour.
    The Law!! a joke, lets support those in the wrong, and stick both fingers up to hard working people.

     
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    I had a similar situation with tenants who had not paid the rent pending a court action.
    They left telling me that the property would be vacated and cleared by a certain date.
    There were still items in there and I requested them to move them to which I was given another date when the property would be cleared entirely.
    When I went there again, there were items still there, mostly in black bags.
    They were supposed to hand in the keys to the shop below, but failed to do so on two occasions, so I had the locks changed and advised the solicitor that they had vacated.
    I was then told that I had 'illegally evicted" them and should have waited for them to hand back the keys.
    It has been over two weeks now and there is no sign of the keys, so am I expected to wait forever for their return until I can claim that they have vacated the property?
    The law is an absolute shambles and is weighted heavily in favour of the non-compliant tenant.

     
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    Just keep bombarding the council with all unpaid bills by the tenant and your bills you have had to cover .
    Treat it the same way they will bill you one hundred % in council tax for an empty property you have to refurb due to either being thrashed by a previous tenant or because you want to improve it for your next tenant. They won't even give you a 25% single occupancy discount even though it's empty, with No body living in it. So bill them for them doing nothing the same as they bill you for doing nothing for the council tax when property is empty.

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    No doubt the Hungarian tenants knew enough English to claim all the benefits they feel"entitled" to? Did this £1000 get put towards the rent arrears?

    Today's BBC News reports that UC rent arrears are up by 260% in Council properties. Perhaps they'll now be a bit more sympathetic to Private Landlords?

    I think I already know the answers to both these questions!

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    perfectly legal to change the locks on a commercial property and give the non paying tenant 14 days to collect their belonging, i have done this on a few occasions, but a criminal offence to do this on a residential property, although i have been tempted. we have to be so careful who we rent to now, no one on benefits without a cast iron guarantor, and no single mums on benefits , leave them to the local council to house, their problem.

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    I did this on a residential property, but when I informed the solicitor that I had emails stating that they would be out and everything cleared by a particular day, she said that that was okay, because I had evidence that they had in fact vacated the property.
    I wouldn't have done it otherwise, but like I said, the keys have not been handed in and I was not prepared to wait for ever for their return.

     
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    I always get the tenants to sign a surrender notice whenever possible. Even when the hand in the keys just to be on the safe side

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    What if the tenants don't turn up to sign anything (as in my case) and they have failed to hand the keys in?

     
  • Amanda Burrow

    Apparently you have to serve a possession order or section 8 still it’s a joke !! And waste of money and courts time

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    I served both a Section 8 and Section 21?

     
  • Amanda Burrow

    What I’m upset about I have worked closely with over 100 houses with stoke city council and only ever served one section 8 I have got tenant that have been with me for over 25 years I personally take them and sort all there claims out !! Why would the council not just slap me on the wrists and tell me there correct methods !! Wasting tax payers money for what a tick in a chart on the council wall !! A landlord been charged apparently I could go to prison and my bail was discussed in the court room ! I am a big shooting lady so will kiss my gun liscence I am TOTALLY DISGUSTED Asa are all my lovely Teanants the odd one spoils everything but stoke city council should be ashamed of themselves

  • Amanda Burrow

    It is STOKE ON TRENT CITY COUNCIL taking me to court not the tenants , however I’m sure they will try and claim after !!

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