Landlord fined £10,000 for illegal eviction
- 27th October 2009
- Landlord Property News
Islington landlord ordered 'heavies' to evict tenant from property despite warnings from council housing officers.
In February, Kaan had agreed to the warnings from Islington Council to not evict the tenant. Yet the following day Mr Aricioglu was 'forcibly removed' from the property.
Levent Kaan claimed in court that the property on Holloway road was his main residence, and Salih Aricioglu, 25, did not have a tenancy at the property.
According to Kaan, Mr Aricioglu had been allowed into the property as an act of kindness towards a homeless man, therefore he was within his rights to evict him without a court bailiff.
After evidence by two councillors who had visited the property on several occasions, the presiding judge John Mitchell ruled against the defendant. The evidence that the property was Mr Kaan's primary residence was called 'unreliable' and 'incredible'.
Councillor Barbara Smith from Islington Council commented:
“Illegal eviction is a serious matter and one the council will help tenants challenge to uphold their rights.
“Bad landlords have no hiding place in Islington. We shall investigate tenants' complaints, take cases to court and - as in this case - give evidence in third party prosecutions.”
Bad landlords have no hiding place in Islington.
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