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Landlord Patricia Seale harassed a tenant into leaving their home by going in without permission when they were out and taking fuses to cut off heating, lighting and hot water.

Seale, 51, denied harassment and unlawful eviction, but was found guilty after a four day trial at Manchester Crown Court.

The court was told Seale, of Eccles, wanted the tenant to leave, but instead of going through standard procedures, took the matter into her own hands.

She was fined £1,000 with £5,250 costs.

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Seale lied about taking the fuses when the tenant complained to Salford City Council and produced forged paperwork claiming she was on a course when the incident happened.

Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment, said: ““There was absolutely no call for Mrs Seale to behave in such a disgraceful and unpleasant way towards her tenant.”

Letting agent and landlord ignored repairs

A letting agent and landlord who failed to carry out repairs at a shabby rented home in Haringey, North London, were ordered to pay fines and costs of £3,435 each at Tottenham Magistrates Court.

Easy Properties London Limited and landlord Dilip Parmer were given a list of 43 repairs after housing officers from Haringey Council called at the property.

Six tenants lived in the house, which had a leaking roof, damp in a shower room and the basement, broken windows and scorched electrical fittings.

The council told the landlord and letting agent to carry out the repairs in 12 weeks, but on a return visit, found little had changed.

The letting agent and landlord blamed each other for failing to do the repairs, the court heard.

Both denied three housing management offences, but were found guilty after a trial.

Fire safety risks

Tenants in a six-storey rented house in Liverpool were left without heating and hot water when the gas supply was disconnected for safety reasons.

One of the tenants complained to Liverpool City Council. A housing officer visited the property and found a catalogue of fire safety hazards that the landlord, Jeffery Grant, 51, failed to correct.

Grant pleaded guilty to 13 housing management offences and was fined £1,300 and ordered to pay £2,290 costs by magistrates in the city.

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