Illegal eviction and harassment
What is unlawful eviction?
What is harassment?
It is an offence for landlords or their agents to:
unless they can show that they have good reason for doing these things.
Common examples of unlawful eviction are:
AND there is no court order giving the landlord permission to do any of this.
A tenant's rights and remedies include insisting that the property is in a good state or repair, seeking advice about their housing rights, or going to a rent tribunal.
The list of what may interfere with someone's quiet enjoyment is almost endless and will partly depend on the circumstances of the people living in the accommodation.
If any of the above is happening to you and you would like the Council to investigate further then please contact Environmental Health on 01993 861060 or use the online service on the right of this page.
What action will the Council take?
We will try to prevent harassment and illegal eviction by resolving disputes between landlords and tenants. We may be able to negotiate with your landlord to allow you to return to your home if you want to/or to stop the harassment. Where it is proven that an offence has occurred the Council may seek to take legal action against the offender.
What advice can tenants get?
An advice booklet is available which describes some of the forms harassment may take, and sets out what tenants or licences can do if they are being harassed or threatened with illegal eviction.
Preventing illegal eviction
An advice booklet is available which explains the basic rules about bringing a residential tenancy (or licence) to an end lawfully either by:
An advice booklet is available which offers general guidance on the most important features of landlords' and tenants' rights and responsibilities.
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