Harassment can be anything a landlord does or fails to do, to unlawfully force you to leave the property or where to make you feel unsafe in your property.
It’s a crime for your landlord to harass you or try to force you to leave your property without using the correct processes. If this occurs then you may have a right to claim a rent repayment order or damages via the courts. Examples of harassment can include –
- Withholding keys to the property
- Refusing to carry out repairs
- Stopping services like water and electricity
- Anti-social behaviour by a landlord or his agent where such behaviour is likely to cause you distress and to potentially to vacate the property
- Threats of physical violence and actual physical violence
A landlord may be guilty of illegal eviction if –
- The landlord fails to provide you with lawful notice to vacate the property
- The landlord changes the locks of the property whilst you remain in occupation and without a court order
- You are evicted without a court order
If your landlord’s property is repossessed by the mortgage lender, then the lender is required to provide you with a lawful notice period to enable you to find alternative accommodation.
How can we help?
A Pre-Action Letter of Warning to the Landlord:
If your landlord is harassing you or attempting to unlawfully evict you then LegalRoad can help. For a fixed fee of £250.00 (excl. VAT), we will draft and send a letter to the landlord setting out the current laws on harassment and eviction. Our letter will establish the landlord’s breach of the law, the subsequent civil and criminal penalties the court can impose upon the landlord, and provide notice to immediately cease all further harassment and or any attempts to unlawfully evict you from the property. Failing which, our letter will set out your intention to immediately approach the courts for an urgent injunction to order the landlord to directly cease any desist all further harassment. Once the court has made an injunction against the landlord, it is then a criminal offence for the landlord to breach this court order and can result in the landlord being criminally prosecuted and imprisoned.
An Urgent Court injunction:
If your landlord has already taken serious steps to unlawfully evict or continues to harass you after our Pre-Action Letter then one of our consultant housing solicitors can help. For a fixed fee of £800.00 (excl. VAT), our consultant can urgently draft all your legal documentation and immediately lodge an urgent injunction at the county court to request the court make an urgent order (normally within 3 working days) for the landlord to immediately stop harassing you and or any further attempts to evict you from the property. You will be represented by a duly qualified barrister at the hearing who will also request for the court to award you all your legal fees for this action. Costs are normally awarded in favour of the winning party but are entirely at the discretion of the court. This fee is inclusive of all work undertaken up to the completion of the 1st hearing. The fee excludes any court fees. Court fees range from £308.00 to £528.00 depending upon which category of court the injunction is lodged. You may not have to pay a fee, or you may get some money off if you receive certain benefits or are on a low income.
Compensation for You
If we can factually establish your landlord has unlawfully harassed you or evicted you or attempted to evict you, then LegalRoad would consider taking on your claim for statutory compensation on a no win no fee basis. We will then make an application on your behalf for the landlord to pay you a rent repayment order of up to a maximum of 12 times the value of your monthly rent.
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If you think you’re being harassed or threatened with illegal eviction, or the property you rent is being repossessed then visit landlordharassment.com for further information or call us on 01932 808592 for a free initial telephone conversation.