I am very grateful to a loyal Landlord Law Blog reader for referring me to this story here in ‘This is Hull and East Riding’.
We all know that the police (on the whole) are pretty useless when it comes to knowledge and understanding of tenants rights.
However Sergeant and landlord Christopher Hine took this to a whole new level, when he actually turned up with the boys to physically evict his tenant and her seven year old son from his rented property in Mere View, Hornsea, without going through the tedious formality of getting an order for possession first.
Appearing at Beverley Magistrates Court:
Roger Evans, chairman of the bench, told him: “You knew Ms Baxter intended to remain in residence, but you attended mob handed intending to evict her.
“Although there was evidence she was a bad tenant, you of all people should know you can’t take the law into your own hands.
“We accept there may have been some provocation, but it is unacceptable to recover property by illegal eviction.”
Apparently Hine, ‘a man of totally good character’ with ‘no previous convictions’ deeply regrets his actions now, but from reading the paper, it sounds pretty horrific, and wholly inexcusable, however bad his tenant (Ms Baxter ) had been.
It would be nice to think that this is a single isolated incident and is not symptomatic of a general attitude of the police towards tenants, but ….