A landlord has pleaded guilty to the unlawful eviction of his tenant.
Jalal Uddin of Wellingborough has pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates court to the unlawful eviction of tenants, contrary to the Protection From Eviction Act 1977.
In June 2020 Uddin arranged for repossession of the rented property while the tenants were away on holiday, and without following correct legal eviction proceedings.
Upon their return from holiday the tenants were prevented from returning to the property as Uddin had changed the locks and allowed another family to move in.
Officers from North Northamptonshire council became involved and were forced to place the family in temporary accommodation outside of the area, incurring significant costs.
Officers also had to assist the tenants in retrieving their possessions from Uddin, that had been left in the property when they went on holiday.
In addition to not following the correct legal process, the eviction took place during a period when the government had placed a ban on evictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Uddin has been ordered to pay a fine of £323.00, a victim surcharge of £34.00 and the councils costs of £7074.50, a total of £7431.50.
A council spokesman says: “While North Northamptonshire Council recognise the challenges the pandemic and the eviction ban has placed on landlords, those seeking to evict tenants must follow the correct, lawful procedures.
The council has seen a significant increase in complaints of unlawful eviction and harassment over the past 18 months, and will not hesitate to intervene should landlords be acting unlawfully.”
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