Landlords must follow the rules

Helen Clutterbuck, of law firm Napthens.
Helen Clutterbuck, of law firm Napthens.
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A Lancashire expert has warned residential landlords to follow strict legal rules when looking to evict a tenant and take possession of a property.

Helen Clutterbuck, solicitor in the Litigation team at law firm Napthens, reports that a recent ruling saw a landlord receive a heavy penalty when they failed to obtain the proper court order for possession of a property.

The tenant in the case was awarded £90,500 in damages by the court as well as £9,000 for the loss of his personal possessions when the court found he had been evicted illegally.

Now Helen warns landlords must be aware of their responsibilities before taking such serious steps.

She said: “This has been law for some time, but many landlords – and tenants – are unaware that taking possession incorrectly can result in such hefty fines.

“This highlights the importance of correct legal advice.”

Tenants faced with the threat of eviction are urged to contact homeless charity Shelter for help and advice.

Shelter can be contacted on their emergency helpline helpline on 0808 800 4444.

Tenants can also request a call back from the Community Legal Advice helpline on 0845 345 4 345 – Shelter is one of the organisations operating this service.

Shelter can offer help on how to deal with court orders, bailiffs and notices of eviction.