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A landlord has been fined almost £500 after changing the locks on his rental property.

Peter Lamont was prosecuted by Halton Council for unlawfully denying a tenant access to a rental property.

The incident occurred in January and the landlord pleaded guilty to a charge under the Protection From Eviction Act 1977 at Warrington Magistrates’ Court.

Lamont has been fined £440 and order to pay council court costs.

“Landlords and letting agents must follow the correct legal process when terminating a tenancy,” commented Councillor Stef Nelson, Halton Council’s executive board member for environmental health.

“It is a criminal offence for any letting agent or landlord to illegally evict tenants from their property.”

He said that the council hopes that this prosecution will act as a deterrent, showing landlords that the authority takes allegations of illegal eviction ‘very seriously’ and will not hesitate to take action against those who violate their tenants’ rights.

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