A landlord has been fined and issued with a community service punishment by the court after threatening a tenant with violence.
Telford landlord David Beattie was ordered to pay a sum of £7,121.32 comprising of costs, compensation to his victim and a victim surcharge. He was also told that he must complete 200 hours of community service over the next 12 months.
The landlord was also issued with a restraining order for five years, which could result in a custodial sentence if the restraining order is breached during that period.
This is the second recent case of a landlord prosecuted for harassing and threatening a tenant, following Joel Zwiebel who lost the appeal against his conviction this week. Zwiebel was ordered to wear an ankle tag and and was issued an overnight curfew for three months between the hours of 9pm and 7am after the appeal was overturned. He was also ordered to pay £4,000 in costs as well as £1,000 compensation to his victim.
Councillor Hilda Rhodes, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Safety & Enforcement, commented regarding the Telford case: ‘The Council is committed to raising standards of the private rented sector in the borough and will not tolerate rogue landlords. We take harassment and illegal eviction of tenants very seriously and will look to take action where there is evidence of an offences being committed.’
She continued: ‘On sentencing David Beattie today we feel the legal system has taken into account the devastating effect that harassment and illegal eviction has on tenants’ lives often leading to the loss of employment and relationship breakdown. Landlords must operate within the law and need to be fully aware of their legal responsibilities to tenants.’