If a landlord/lady cannot get a tenant to leave their property legally, they will sometimes harass them into leaving.
Harassment can take a variety of different forms but you do have legal protection from this, so if any of the following apply to you, get advice immediately.
Harassment and illegal eviction are criminal offences - you are protected by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. If you are suffering harassment, are illegally evicted, or feel at risk, get help and advice straightaway.
In an emergency, the police also have the power to help if you are being threatened with violence. You may be able to get help free from a solicitor. In certain cases of harassment and unlawful eviction, solicitors may be able to obtain emergency legal funding for somebody that same day and obtain a hearing the following day in urgent cases. This is something worth looking into.
If you feel you are being harassed then come and see us in the Advice Centre and we will try to assist you. It may be that we need to refer you to a specialist, depending on your circumstances.
Further details about evictions can be found via Shelter.
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