31 August 2017

A landlord has been prosecuted for illegally evicting his tenant, 40 years ago to the day when the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 first wholly came into force.

Mr Suhail Mahmood, aged 30, of Main Road, Handsworth, was convicted at Sheffield’s Magistrates Court on Tuesday 29 August, after telling his tenant to move out and then removing and changing his locks a few days later.

Mahmood was ordered to pay £700 compensation to his tenant, as well as a £2,000 fine and £1,000 court costs, totalling £3,700.

This is Sheffield City Council’s second prosecution under the Protection from Eviction Act within a week. On 24 August, another landlord was given an electronically-tagged curfew order, meaning that he can’t leave his house after 9pm, and ordered to pay £650 in court costs, plus an £85 victim surcharge.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s not right that a landlord thinks it’s acceptable to give notice on their property and expect someone to move out within a matter of days. These are people’s homes and they need some security.

“We put a huge amount of time into clamping down on bad letting practices and I am determined to keep this up. Luckily we have some excellent landlords in our city and the vast majority meet their legal responsibilities.

“I want Mr Mahmood’s case to act as a warning to others – we can and will act.”

Sheffield City Council regulates the private rented housing market in Sheffield to make sure tenants are safe and landlords are meeting their legal responsibilities.

To report any concerns about private rented accommodation please contact the council’s private housing team on 0114 273 4680 or by emailing phs@sheffield.gov.uk