A landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into rent arrears was last week awarded £1,250 compensation on ITV’s Judge Rinder.
David Love, who owns a portfolio of 15 buy-to-let properties in and around Edinburgh, hit the headlines earlier this year after evicting mum-of-nine Donna Newby and her children, who had occupied the flat for nine years, for not paying the rent.
Aside from face being homeless, the family saw several of their items, including TVs, laptops and electronic toys, broken beyond repair after they were flung into the communal front garden in the city’s Wester Drylaw Place by their 37-year old landlord, who is also an amateur boxer.
The incident took place in March after an eviction notice was served against the family to vacate the property.
Having failed to leave the property, Love and three helpers turned up at the flat and disposed of the family’s possessions by throwing them from the second-floor flat's balcony.
Despite the rather harsh nature of the eviction, the television judge ruled that the landlord had done nothing wrong reclaiming his property, although he said that his actions were “not an advisable thing to do”.
Love requested £5,000 in damages from his former tenant for damage Newby had caused to the flat, including a broken sink, broken window pains, locks and handles, along with damaged floors and skirting boards, but had to settle for £1,250.
The landlord, who last month feared losing his landlord license following the incident, received back payments for unpaid rent in a previous court hearing.