A landlord has been given a conditional discharge and a four-figure bill after being found guilty of unlawfully evicting a tenant.
Cornwall Council prosecuted Marlene Goodland of Truro under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.
At Truro magistrates court, Goodland was found guilty of unlawfully evicting the tenant from an address in the city. Goodland received a 12 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs of £4,321.80 to the council.
In March this year Goodland unlawfully entered the private rented house with a locksmith and changed the locks to the external doors locking her tenant’s family possessions inside.
She took back possession of the premises within the initial six months rental term.
A council spokesman said: “The defendant informed the court that she believed that the tenant had vacated the premises at the time that she took possession. The landlord did not follow any lawful process before making the decision to enter the premises with a locksmith, change the locks and take over possession.”