Unlawful evictions – the importance of getting it right

Unlawful evictions are a criminal offence. It is illegal for a landlord to evict a tenant without following the correct legal steps for eviction. If this happens, a tenant may have the right to claim damages through the court, which could result in the tenant obtaining the keys back from the landlord.

Following changes in regulations and recent case law, it is imperative to get it right. Don’t fall into the trap of conducting unlawful evictions by skipping steps of the process to save time or costs, as you may end up having to hand your keys back to the tenant, as well as being levied with substantial fines.

In recent case law involving a local authority, various matters have come to light whereby paperwork was not completed correctly and as such, the local authority has been evicting tenants unlawfully. Unlawful eviction could result in a maximum fine of £5,000.00 or a six-month prison sentence. On some occasions, tenants have been awarded damages in the region of £10,000.00-£30,000.00 and on one occasion, in excess of £1,000,000.00 in damages.

At High Court Enforcement Group we cannot stress enough the importance of using a reputable enforcement company to carry out your eviction. Directed by the UK’s largest team of Authorised High Court Enforcement Officers, we’re experts in our field and are here to ensure the quality of service to get it right, the first time.

Contact our experts now on 08450 999 666, or visit our web page on residential possession proceedings.

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