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Rogue landlord guilty of unlawfully evicting tenant

A rogue landlord has pleaded guilty to unlawfully evicting her tenant and has been sentenced to a community order. Mrs Rukhsana Tariq pleaded guilty to unlawfully evicting her tenant Mr Hakeem Shiittu from his room in Williamson Way, Oxford.

The court heard that on 7 April 2012, the 38-year-old dumped Mr Shittu’s belongings outside, changed the lock to the front door and refused to allow him back in. Following the unlawful eviction, Mr Shittu was forced to sleep rough on several occasions.

Mrs Tariq, of High Street, Sutton, pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates’ Court. She was sentenced at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8th February. She was given a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 80 hours, ordered to pay £460 compensation to Mr Shittu and £1162.50 in costs.

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.

– Councillor Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of the Council