A landlord has been fined for illegally evicting a tenant and his five-year-old son by changing the locks and throwing their belongings onto the street.
The unusually callous and illegal approach of his landlord has made headlines both in the UK and in Lithuania where both the tenant and landlord are from.
Antanas Danilevicius had fallen behind on his rent payments and returned home from work to find his son’s toys strewn across the pavement. His clothes were also packed up along with his TV, vacuum cleaner, collectible coins and bedding.
Landlord Antanas Klibavicius had gone to the house in Basford Place while Mr Danilevicius wasn’t in and changed the locks.
Sheffield City Council fined Klibavicius £416 after he admitted the unlawful eviction. Klibavicius also has to pay £650 in compensation to Mr Danilevicius and £1,283 in court costs.
Director of housing and neighbourhood services, Janet Sharpe (pictured), says the council has one of the most robust approaches to tackling illegal evictions of any city in the country and a zero-tolerance approach to those who intimidate and exploit vulnerable tenants.
She adds: “Everyone deserves to live in safe, good quality housing regardless of whether they rent or own their home. I am determined to carry on clamping down on the very small minority of bad landlords in Sheffield who treat their tenants badly and tarnish the private rented sector.”
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