Landlord fined after nailing property shut

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,000 after he nailed his Bristol property shut when the tenant was out of the house – leaving them homeless in winter.

The landlord failed to provide a reasonable notice, while this was during the third national lockdown.

Tahir Aziz of Glen Park, Eastville failed to issue a tenancy agreement, while he did little to resolve complaints about the property, the most serious being about a leak which caused water damage to the studio flat.

Aziz pleaded guilty to an unlawful eviction charge at Bristol Magistrates Court. He was fined £345, ordered to pay costs of £7745 and compensation of £1,200 to the tenant.

He might end up having to pay more, as the tenant is able to take their own action against the landlord for his actions.

Councillor Tom Renhard, cabinet member for housing delivery and homes, said: “At a time when Bristol is experiencing a renting crisis and increases in rent prices far exceed rises to wages, renters really do deserve greater protection and improved standards.

“The council will take action to crack down on criminal landlords whilst also ensuring renters rights are enforced. 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. We will continue to champion stronger protections for renters. This will include continuing to call for section 21 no fault evictions to be banned, among other measures.”

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