Landlord fined for trying to evict mother and baby

thisisoxfordshire: Landlord fined for trying to evict mother and baby Landlord fined for trying to evict mother and baby

A LANDLORD has been fined after attempting to illegally evict a young mother and her nine-week-old baby.

Sony Darshan, of Lytton Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court on Monday to the attempted unlawful eviction of his tenant Joan Cable and her three children, one of whom was just nine weeks old.

The 55-year-old was ordered to pay a fine of £650, plus costs of £1,205 and a £65 victim surcharge.

Oxford City Council said magistrates were told that Darshan turned up with a crowbar at his tenant’s home in Oliver Road, Cowley, on June 29 last year with his two sons.

They were said to have pushed past Ms Cable, who was alone with her baby son, and started to remove the front door lock, telling the tenant that she must leave her home immediately as Darshan wanted his house back.

Ms Cable called the police and officers stopped the eviction, advising her to inform the tenancy relations officer at Oxford City Council.

Councillor Ed Turner, deputy leader of the city council, said: “The courts have sent out a strong message by tackling this rogue landlord.

“It is the council’s responsibility to help protect the vulnerable and we are working hard to make sure tenants in the private rented sector in Oxford are not being exploited.

“There is a clear legal process for landlords who want to evict their tenants and the courts have backed up our policy of taking tough enforcement action against those who illegally take tenants’ homes from them.”

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9:11am Thu 23 Jan 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

But will he pay the fine? Many fines are never collected. Perhaps this 'landlord'/gangster will declare himself bankrupt and offer 50p.
But will he pay the fine? Many fines are never collected. Perhaps this 'landlord'/gangster will declare himself bankrupt and offer 50p. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -34

12:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Milkbutnosugarplease wrote:
But will he pay the fine? Many fines are never collected. Perhaps this 'landlord'/gangster will declare himself bankrupt and offer 50p.
I expect he will pay it using the housing benefit he no doubt gets from the Council, oh wait that means WE are paying it !!!
[quote][p][bold]Milkbutnosugarplease[/bold] wrote: But will he pay the fine? Many fines are never collected. Perhaps this 'landlord'/gangster will declare himself bankrupt and offer 50p.[/p][/quote]I expect he will pay it using the housing benefit he no doubt gets from the Council, oh wait that means WE are paying it !!! Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -23

3:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

robbo81 says...

yeah hardly a strong message!!! it's a paltry fine. Such an unpoliced area of business, if you turned up at a customers warehouse and broke it open and began removing goods you'd sold them it'd be trespassing, theft, unlawful entry/breaking and entering, intimidation or whatever else you want to throw at it.

Do it as a landlord and it's a pathetic fine and off you go again to conduct your business. I assume the matter is civil and not criminal hence the ridiculous punishment.
yeah hardly a strong message!!! it's a paltry fine. Such an unpoliced area of business, if you turned up at a customers warehouse and broke it open and began removing goods you'd sold them it'd be trespassing, theft, unlawful entry/breaking and entering, intimidation or whatever else you want to throw at it. Do it as a landlord and it's a pathetic fine and off you go again to conduct your business. I assume the matter is civil and not criminal hence the ridiculous punishment. robbo81
  • Score: -18

5:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

tinsel84 says...

robbo81 wrote:
yeah hardly a strong message!!! it's a paltry fine. Such an unpoliced area of business, if you turned up at a customers warehouse and broke it open and began removing goods you'd sold them it'd be trespassing, theft, unlawful entry/breaking and entering, intimidation or whatever else you want to throw at it.

Do it as a landlord and it's a pathetic fine and off you go again to conduct your business. I assume the matter is civil and not criminal hence the ridiculous punishment.
No, you don't go to a magistrates court and get sentenced over civil matters. This is a criminal offence.
[quote][p][bold]robbo81[/bold] wrote: yeah hardly a strong message!!! it's a paltry fine. Such an unpoliced area of business, if you turned up at a customers warehouse and broke it open and began removing goods you'd sold them it'd be trespassing, theft, unlawful entry/breaking and entering, intimidation or whatever else you want to throw at it. Do it as a landlord and it's a pathetic fine and off you go again to conduct your business. I assume the matter is civil and not criminal hence the ridiculous punishment.[/p][/quote]No, you don't go to a magistrates court and get sentenced over civil matters. This is a criminal offence. tinsel84
  • Score: -26

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