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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Birmingham landlord fined for eviction

A Birmingham landlord has been fined £700 for illegally evicting his tenants.

Mirsad Solakovic had initially failed to follow the proper possession proceedings for his rental property in Bordesley Green. 

Birmingham City Council confirmed they had then written to Solakovic's management agent to outline the required legal procedure to obtain possession, which the agent had then began, however the landlord's impatience, meant he failed to wait the required two month notice period, and instead saw him 'take the law into his own hands.' 

Solakovic gained entry to the property when the tenants were out, changed the locks, then dumped all the possessions of the family of nine in a garage for them to reclaim.

Birmingham City Council cabinet Member told the Birmingham Mail 

“In this case, Mr Solakovic took the law into his own hands and unlawfully evicted a family. Today’s prosecution sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate this behaviour and will pursue those landlords who operate outside the law.”

Found guilty of  illegal eviction the landlord will need to pay a fine of £700, £1,500 costs and a victim surcharge of £70.


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6 comments:

Unknown said...

So if you're looking at 6 months unpaid rent it'll be cheaper to evict them illegally. Section 21 equals 2 months but takes 4 months to evict then add legal costs/bailiffs & the landlord probably broke even.

Anonymous said...

This report fails to give the full details of why the landlord wanted to evict the tenants. ie did they owe rent ? As said before, this was probably a cheaper option than losing 6 months rent .........

The_Maluka said...

My immediate reaction was "Cheap at the price" but I was beaten to it.

Unknown said...

So unfair! Landlords loses money and still has to pay mortgage however they get to stay there under the law for free!? Why dont we get compensation from government, see how long that law lasts!

Jason Green said...

So unfair! Landlords loses money and still has to pay mortgage however they get to stay there under the law for free!? Why dont we get compensation from government, see how long that law lasts!

Anonymous said...

The report does not say whether the Tenants were allowed back to live in the property. In which case theLandlord has lost more money and delayed the eviction process.
My advice as a Landlord who spent over a yer evicting a set of tenants is FOLLOW THE LAW. With more and more councils implementing Licensing for Laandlords, do you want to be excluded from renting your properties as not being a fit and proper person. We all want the bad Laandlords to be stopped but also want to make sure that we are not classified as a bad Landlord.

he way to change the eviction process is to campaign with your MP. To change the law. I have just served the new notice to tenants, with over the two month's notice only to be told by them. We will look for a new flat in the summer.. It seems that an AST for a fixed term has no meaning in law any more.