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Landlords handed suspended sentences for tenant’s illegal eviction and harassment


Two Sheffield landlords who harassed and illegally evicted their tenant have received suspended sentences. LandlordToday reports that Mark Cashin received an 18-week in prison sentence, suspended for two years, while Rory Taylor received a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Their offences included the harassment and subsequent illegal eviction in January 2016 of a man living in a property in Netheredge.

Sheffield Crown Court was told that Cashin started harassing the tenant after he had told Cashin he was starting a new job and might have to pay his rent on a different date.

Even though the tenant was not in rent arrears at the time, Cashin responded with a series of text messages threatening him with eviction.

Cashin then visited the tenant and verbally abused him before saying he was going to send a man round to “deal with him”.

The tenant arrived home later to find all of his possessions bagged up in the hallway, and was presented with a ‘Mickey Mouse’ eviction agreement drafted by Cashin.

Cashin - who has previously been convicted of 54 property offences - also admitted to harassment of a female tenant in September 2015 after she asked him to replace a broken washing machine in a house in multiple occupation he owns.

Cashin threatened to evict the tenant and “throw her clothes out on the street” after she said she’d deduct the cost of using a launderette from her rental payments.