A London based landlord has been ordered to pay her Tenant compensation following a botched ‘eviction’.
Landlady, Lydia Suleaudu demonstrated a blatant disregard for her tenants rights a court was told. The tenant has been renting a room from the landlord in January 2018. Two months in and he came home to find a note on his bedroom floor floor, requesting he leave.
The property is located in Bristol. The Tenant contacted Bristol council then went back to the property. On his return his found all the locks had been changed and his belongings dumped in the garden.
Ms Suleaudu refused the let the tenant back into the property and then a Council investigation was launched by the Council’s rogue Landlord unit.
the Landlord claimed the man was not legally a tenant as he had not been given a tenancy agreement. She also added that no reference checks had been completed so she thought she did not have to follow Eviction laws.
Lydia Suleaudu was found guilty of illegally evicting her tenant from the property in Ringwood Crescent, Bristol (pictured).
She was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £490 compensation. Suleaudu was also ordered to pay almost £5,000 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £150.
Ms Suleaudu then proceeded to appeal the conviction but lost that case too. She now has to pay an additional £1,383 in costs.
Councillor Paul Smith, cabinet member for housing, says: “It is important for all landlords, even those renting only one or two properties to understand their responsibilities for renting to tenants. We hope that other landlords will see this as a clear message that we are here to look after tenants across the city.”