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Council prosecutes landlord after illegal eviction

A landlord has been cautioned and has agreed to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant, and pay £2,000 towards legal costs, after a local authority launched a successful prosecution following an illegal eviction.

The landlord - who cannot be named for legal reasons - admitted to unlawfully depriving a tenant of accommodation in Truro, Cornwall, following an investigation by the local council. 

The tenant had been illegally evicted from a self-contained flat. It was found that she was deprived of her accommodation and that her belongings had been removed and left outside the address. The lock to the accommodation had also been changed.

The investigation also discovered that the self- contained flat was formerly a garage which had recently been converted into a separate dwelling without planning or building control consent being sought. Enforcement officers from the Cornwall Council’s planning and building control teams are pursuing those matters separately. 

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    Why is this council spending public money fighting on behalf of an individual tenant? I am not condoning what the landlord has done, but it is for the tenant to deal with privately and this serves to demonstrate that councils are waiting to pounce on landlords because they are the current favoured whipping-boy.

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