Harassment and illegal eviction

Harassment by landlord

Harassment is when a landlord, or someone acting on behalf of a landlord:

  • Carries out acts which are likely to interfere with the peace and comfort of an occupier
  • Persistently withdraws or withholds services required by the occupier.

Common examples of harassment

  • Disconnection of essential services such as electricity, gas or water.
  • Removal or interference with occupier's belongings.
  • Preventing access to bathroom, kitchen or garden to which the occupier has shared or exclusive right.
  • Entering an occupier's home without consent.
  • Making threats to persuade an occupier to leave.

It is an offence for a landlord (or someone acting on their behalf) to harass a tenant.