Landlord harassment is a criminal offence and it is unlawful for a landlord to evict you without following the right legal process.
Harassment can be anything that your landlord does intentionally or indirectly to upset your life or to make you leave your property. It can include:
- cutting off or restricting gas, electricity or water supply
- visiting your home regularly without warning
- interfering with your post
- threatening you
- threatening to evict you
- sending builders round without notice
- entering your home when you are not there, without your permission
- beginning disruptive repair works and not finishing them
- harassing you because of your gender, race or sexuality
- making homophobic or transphobic remarks.
There are practical steps you can take:
- Write to or email your landlord or letting agent to tell them to stop harassing or threatening you
- tell them that they are acting unlawfully and if it continues you will take legal action
- have a friend or adviser with you whenever you have to deal with your landlord in person.
Contact the police if your landlord makes you feel unsafe in your home, threatens you with violence or is violent.
If you are in need of help, get advice as soon as possible.
You can find out more about landlord harassment and unlawful eviction here.
If you live in a council property and are being harassed, then you can ask the council if they can help you with improved security such as window locks, spy holes and door chains. You could also ask for a transfer to other accommodation. Providing the council with evidence of the harassment will be helpful.