Bridlington Landlord Ordered to Pay over £10,000 for Illegal Eviction

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A Bridlington landlord company has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 after illegally evicting a man from his home in Bridlington.

The tenant in question was living in Sandringham House, Bridlington when another person was living in a property. The other man claimed he was a resident landlord and gave him just a week’s notice to leave.

Council officers said that if the company carried out the eviction they would be investigated for a criminal offence. However, landlords Fiddlers Investment Ltd continued with it. When the resident refused to leave the property, which was a HMO, the landlords removed all his belongings and changed the locks.

A spokesman from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that Fiddlers’ directors, Tracy Hollwarth and Barrie Craven, refused to accept that they had done anything wrong regarding the eviction, which occurred in September 2016.

The council’s investigations revealed that the resident who had initially issued the notice was acting on instruction from Fiddlers Investment. As he initially failed to evict the other tenant he may well have lost his accommodation too.

The landlord company was charged with two offences of unlawful eviction. The trio pleaded guilty at Beverley Magistrates Court last week and were fined £4,000 and forced to pay costs of £6,865. This amounted to £10,865.15.

Private sector housing and safety manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Chris Dunnachie, said ‘The council has a duty to protect tenants to make sure they are safe from illegal evictions. Some landlords fail to accept that, despite being their property, each and every room or flat within that property is a person’s home and they have no right of entry without the tenant’s agreement, and must follow clear legal procedures to ensure their tenants are given appropriate notice to leave. We will deal with any landlord, letting agent or property company who does not abide by the law. It was disappointing that in this case, Fiddlers Investments Ltd chose not to take officer’s advice.’