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Prosecutions and interventions

We have the power to intervene or prosecute private landlords who commit offences under various housing legislation. Our housing officers investigate complaints and mediate between the parties wherever possible.

We will consider bringing a prosecution when the evidence is sufficient to indicate the likelihood of a successful prosecution, and when it is in the public interest.

For further information on any issues you may have with your private tenancy, contact us. We may be able to offer advice and help.

Protection from Eviction Act 1977

Harassment and illegal eviction are criminal offences, as defined in the Protection from Eviction Act, 1977

We will take all necessary steps, including prosecution, to stop these.

Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

We have powers to prosecute landlords who fail to fulfil their obligations under the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1985.

Landlords are considered to be failing to fulfil their obligations if they do not provide rent books. Freeholders are considered to be failing if they do not give long-leasehold tenants information about service charges and insurance.

When a complaint is received our housing officers will try to secure all the required information. However, in the case of persistent failure to provide the information a prosecution will be considered.

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

We have the power under S.33 Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1976 to make arrangements to secure the restoration or continuance of gas, water or electricity supplies for the benefit of residents (usually tenants) where the supplies have been, or are likely to be, cut off because of failure by the owner of the property to pay for the services.

We will consider making such arrangements only as a last resort for emergency cases, and then only when young children or elderly people are affected.

When invoking these powers, we will only make arrangements with the suppliers which do not involve financial liability falling upon us. In every case we will co-operate closely with the suppliers and wherever possible enlist their help and support.

Housing Advice and Homeless Prevention team

020 8215 3002