Eastville rogue landlord fined and told to pay tenant compensation

July 28 2022
Eastville rogue landlord fined and told to pay tenant compensation

AN Eastville man has been ordered to pay compensation to a tenant he illegally evicted after they complained about the poor state of a flat.

Bristol City Council's Rogue Landlord Unit took Tahir Aziz, of Glen Park, to court after the occupier of a studio flat he owned in Lawrence Hill was locked out of the flat during a covid lockdown.

The council said Aziz failed to provide the tenant with a tenancy agreement and did little to resolve complaints about disrepair and a significant leak that caused water damage to the flat.

The tenant complained to the council but when Aziz found out, he told the man to leave the flat. 

A council spokesperson said: "On a date shortly after the announcement of the third national COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in England, the victim returned home to find the door to his flat nailed shut, leaving him homeless. Mr Aziz did not respond to requests from the police to give access to the property."  

The victim complained again to the council, whose tenancy relations officers opened an investigation into the illegal eviction, and Aziz was prosecuted under the Protection from Eviction Act.

The spokesperson said Aziz repeatedly denied knowing who the tenant was and ignored a recommendation to seek legal advice.

He was fined £345, ordered to pay costs of £775 and compensation of £1,200 to the tenant, after pleading guilty to unlawful eviction at Bristol Magistrates Court on June 27.

In addition to the court-ordered compensation, the tenant could now sue Aziz for damages.

Anyone who wants to report a rogue landlord can do so online at bristol.gov.uk/housing/report-rogue-landlord or call 0117 352 5010.

Council cabinet member for housing Tom Renhard said: "The manner of this eviction had serious implications for the renter both personally and professionally, and it is unacceptable that they should left facing homelessness through the illegal acts of a landlord."