Harassment and Illegal Evictions

If a landlord wants you out the property, they need to go through certain procedures. These procedures can be long and expensive. As a result, some landlords revert to harassment to try and force tenants to leave. There are various types of harassment. If you believe your landlord is resulting in criminal tactics to try and get you to leave the property, it is vital that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Make contact with our offices to ensure that your rights are protected.

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What is Landlord Harassment?

You are entitled to certain rights as a tenant. A landlord is guilty of harassment if they are violating these rights. If you face harassment from your landlord, it is time to take legal action.

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law firm, our housing solicitors can help you explore your legal options.

It is essential to be aware of the behaviors that qualify as landlord harassment. Here are eight common behaviors that may constitute landlord harassment:

  • Unauthorized Entry: Your landlord entering your rented property without prior notice or consent clearly violates your privacy rights.
  • Constant Inspection: If your landlord excessively inspects your property without a valid reason or proper notice, it can be considered harassment.
  • Intimidation and Threats: If your landlord uses intimidation tactics or makes threats towards you, such as verbal abuse or physical intimidation, it is a serious form of harassment.
  • Utility Disruptions: Deliberately interrupting essential utilities like water, electricity, or heating to force you out of the property is a form of harassment.
  • Failure to Carry Out Repairs: Landlords must maintain the property and do necessary repairs. Persistent neglect or refusal to address repairs can be a form of harassment.
  • Invasion of Privacy: Your landlord should respect your privacy. If they excessively monitor your activities or install surveillance cameras without your consent, it constitutes harassment.
  • Retaliation: If your landlord takes negative actions against you, such as increasing rent, reducing services, or initiating eviction proceedings in response to your legitimate complaints, it may be considered retaliatory harassment.
  • Unreasonable Contact: Frequent and unnecessary communication from your landlord that goes beyond the normal landlord-tenant relationship, such as excessive phone calls or text messages, can be considered harassment.

It is important to note that these behaviors are not exhaustive, and any conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or oppressive environment can be classified as harassment.

If you experience any of these behaviors, seeking legal advice from experienced housing solicitors is essential to protect your rights and well-being.