4. Property management
4.3 Tenancy Management
4.3.8 Harassment and unlawful eviction
Tenants are entitled to quiet and peaceable enjoyment of the property. You must not interfere with this right except with the tenants’ agreement or in the event of an emergency.
Locking the tenant out of the property, cutting off services or otherwise interfering with the tenants’ right to quiet and peaceable enjoyment is an offence.
One of the most fundamental rights a tenant has is the ‘covenant for quiet enjoyment’. This does not mean he is entitled to be quiet or that he is entitled to enjoy himself. It means he is entitled to live in the property without interferences from the landlord.
I try to explain the covenant for quiet enjoyment towards the end of this post.
Breach of the covenant for quiet enjoyment entitles the tenant to go to the civil courts for an injunction ordering the landlord to leave the tenant alone and for financial compensation.
The same actions will also usually comprise a criminal offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.