Harassment and illegal eviction
It is illegal for your landlord to make you leave your premises by putting pressure on you, or by locking you out. If your landlord does this to you, then contact Carlisle City Council’s Housing Services on 01228 817000, the Cumbria Law Centre on 01228 515129 or the Citizens Advice Bureau on 01228 633900 immediately. If it is the evening or weekend and none of these are available, contact a solicitor or telephone the police.
Quick court action by a solicitor can get you back into your accommodation and stop the landlord from harassing you.
Harassment can take many forms, ranging from threats or acts of violence, to more subtle means by telephone calls or visits late at night, or building works started but not finished.
The Council can, and does prosecute landlords for harassment, and/or unlawful eviction, but cannot get you back into the accommodation.
Some useful leaflets
Available from the Customer Contact Centre, Civic Centre.
- Resolve Mediation Services
- Renting & Letting – Rights for Landlords and Tenants
- Notice the you must leave – a brief guide for landlords and tenants
- Assured & Assured Shorthold Tenancies – a guide for tenants
- Do you rent, or are you thinking of renting from a private landlord?
- "My landlord wants me out" – protection against harassment and illegal eviction
- Letting rooms in your home – a guide for landlords and their tenants
- Repairs – a guide for landlords and tenants
- Disabled facilities grants