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

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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.

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