Two Sheffield landlords were handed out suspended prison sentences for illegally evicting their tenant, after a judge tells them “landlords are not above the law”,
Mark Cashin and Rory Taylor were told by the judge that some “landlords think they’re above the law, but they’re not”, before he sentenced the two men for the harassment and illegal eviction of their Sheffield tenants.
Mark Cashin was sentence to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, while Rory Taylor was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for several property related offences.
The court heard how Cashin and Taylor’s conduct had resulted in harassment followed by the illegal eviction of a man living in their property in Woodstock Road, Netheredge in January 2016.
Cashin of Haddon Road, Bakewell had been a property manager working for Hallam Hills Ltd, and began harassing the tenant. Although the tenant was not in rent arrears, Cashin began threatening him with a series of text messages, and verbally abused him, telling him he would send someone called Jamie Ross round to “deal with him”.
Later, Ross and Taylor, of Far Lane, East Dene, went round to the property on the 3rd of February, 2016 and kicked down the door, before bagging up all the man’s possessions and throwing them out in the hallway, leaving a “Mickey Mouse” eviction notice drafted by Cashin.
Following this, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council became involved.
Cashin further admitted to harassing a female tenant in September 2015 at her address in Sheldon Road, Netheredge. She had asked Cashin to replace a broken washing machine at the house in multiple occupation (HMO) she was sharing.
The court heard that Cashin, who has previously been convicted of 54 property offences, had threatened to evict the woman and “throw her clothes out on the street” when she told him that if there was no machine she was going to deduct the cost of using a launderette from her rent payments.
Jamie Ross, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and a further 120 hours of community for harassment of tenants, during a hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court in September 2016, after admitting to the offence.
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