This is about a recent prosecution of Sony Darshan regarding his attempt to unlawfully evict his tenant Ms Cable and her family on 29 June 2013 with his two sons.
This is what happened:
Mr Darshan turned up with a crowbar at his tenant’s home … on 29 June 2013 with his two sons.
They pushed past Ms Cable, who was alone with her nine week old son, and started to remove the front door lock, telling Ms Cable that she must leave her home immediately as Mr Darshan wanted his house back.
The tenant called 999 and police officers stopped the eviction and advised the tenant to inform the Tenancy Relations Officer at Oxford City Council. The matter was investigated and Mr Darshan was taken to court.
For this he received a fine of £1,000, reduced to £650 for a timely guilty plea, plus costs of £1,205 and a £65 victim surcharge. So thats a total of £1,920.
Well done the Oxford TRO team of course for actually getting a conviction, but that does not seem to be much of a punishment for what must have been a terrifying experience for the tenant.
For example compared with a recent ‘beds in sheds’ case where the landlord was fined £24,000. Surely three men going in with a crowbar to forcibly evict a young mother with her baby is comparable to renting out property in a shoddy condition?
I’m also not convinced that a punishment of under £2K if you get caught is much of a deterrent to criminal landlords. What do you think?