A buy-to-let landlord who used violence and intimidation to illegally evict his tenant has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid work.
Lewisham Council decided to take action against Medin Renmiu, from Battesea, south west London, after he “pinched, punched and kicked” his female tenant who was trying to enter her rental property in Hatfield Road, New Cross, south east London.
The landlord attempted to prevent the tenant from entering the rental property and also changed the locks while she was at church.
The council decided to investigate Renmiu after police were called.
The landlord was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £1,315 in costs and victim compensation, after pleading guilty to unlawfully evicting two of his tenants at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.
Cllr Paul Bell, cabinet member for housing at Lewisham Council, said: “Let this serve notice on any landlord who thinks they are above the legal system.
“You are not. This dreadful experience exposes the harm rogue landlords do and we will continue to crack down on the small minority who are not giving the tenants the security they deserve.”