If you are living in privately rented accommodation the law protects you against harassment and illegal eviction by your landlord. Both of these acts are criminal offences and victims are able to claim damages, through the civil court.
The law makes it an offence for a landlord to:
If someone is convicted by the Magistrates Courts of an offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, they may have to pay a fine, be sent to prison for six months, or both. If the case goes to the Crown Court, the punishment will be much bigger fine, longer prison sentence, or both.
If you think that your landlord is trying to stop you enjoying your property, or is trying to drive you out of your property, please contact the Private Sector Housing Enforcement team.
Alternatively you can seek advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau or your Solicitor.
IF YOU ARE THREATENED WITH PHYSICAL VIOLENCE YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE POLICE.