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“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction. 

Buy to let investor Gary Dulson has pleaded guilty to unlawful eviction.

Barnsley Magistrates’ Court was told that Dulson’s tenant had moved into his partner's property with his two young children to form a bubble at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.


Two days later Dulson attended the address, forced entry by breaking the locks and disposed of the contents of the house into a large skip. When the skip was full, other belongings were discarded in the garden.

Following a joint investigation by Barnsley council and South Yorkshire Police, the council pursued prosecution for illegal eviction.

Dulson was sentenced to a 24-month community order, 200 hours unpaid work, 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and to pay compensation to the victim.

PC Paul Davies, seconded to Barnsley council, says: “Making people homeless by way of illegal evictions is a horrible crime. This case was exacerbated by the removal and damage of personal effects belonging to the family. There was no regard to the impact this would have on the family, especially the young children.”

And a council spokeswoman adds: “Barnsley council takes a firm approach against anyone who attempts to evict a tenant without a possession order being granted by the court.

“Whilst the vast majority of landlords do follow the correct process, we are committed to investigating all reports of tenants being harassed or forced to leave a rented property.

“Keeping our residents safe in their homes is a priority for the council, and we encourage tenants to tell us if they believe they are being treated unfairly by their landlord or someone acting on their behalf.”

  • Patrick  Rodgers

    It's about time the councils stopped telling people to wait for the bailiffs to turn up and stop pretending that there's not a problem what about all the damage done by tenants there's not a word about any of that some of these councils actively tell tenants to stay put until the bailiffs turn up just wondering if they take the same view when these people don't pay there council tax the very same council charge 40 pounds for sending a later to tell people they missed there payment yet when the shoe on the other foot it's a different matter

    Algarve  Investor

    It's clear in this case what he did was completely wrong and he pleaded guilty to it.

    I'm all for balance, but you can't defend the indefensible and it's only right that landlords are called out when they act against the law. There was no reason for him to do what he did, and he has been punished. Doesn't automatically mean all landlords are evil or all tenants are angels, but it's very hard to defend his actions here.

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    If I read this correctly he illegally evicted them two days after they moved in. If that is correct then, in my opinion, he should have served time.

  • Madeleine  Astor

    When I read title I was thinking it was a landlord that was fed up with waiting to be able to evict his non-paying tenants and snapped going mad but no they had been there 2 days and it was his girlfriends place not his and if I was her especially him evicting a family but also he’s just taken over I would break up with him !!


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