Harassment is when a landlord acts unlawfully to make a tenant want to leave their tenancy or not want to take up any of their rights.
Illegal Eviction is a landlord forcing a tenant to leave their home without following the correct legal procedure.
It is a criminal offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 for anyone to harass or illegally evict a private tenant.
Action which could amount to harassment or illegal eviction include -
- Removing doors and windows
- Changing the locks
- Disconnecting service
- Threats of violence
- Interfering with the tenants private possessions
- Entering the property without giving the tenant notice