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A landlord who forced a Kings Heath mum out of her home and dumped her belongings in the garden has been found guilty of unlawful eviction.
His actions in changing locks and throwing out her family's belongings have now cost him more than £5,000 at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
The mum and her 11 year old son were tenants at a house in Hill Croft Road, off Allens Croft Road last summer. When she was threatened with eviction and the landlord Sead Alimajstorovic said he would change the locks, she contacted Birmingham City Council for help.
The council advised her landlord of the correct legal process and the consequences if he carried out his threat. But despite this he went ahead and changed the locks. Then when the mum regained entry with the help of a locksmith Alimajstorovic arranged for the new locks to be drilled out.
By this time the Kings Heath family were too scared to stay at their Hill Croft Road home and so moved in with a friend.
On 2 July 2014 a meeting was arranged at Kings Heath Police Station where the tenant met Mr Alimajstorovic. She had expected to be given a set of keys for the new locks but was instead given a written note saying she could not move back into the house and that her belongings were in the garden and shed.
This week at Birmingham Magistrates Court Sead Alimajstorovic, age 38, of East Holme, Bordesley Green, was fined £1,035, with £4,044.75 costs and a victim surcharge of £104 after pleading guilty to an offence of unlawful eviction.
“I am glad that council officers have been able to support this family and successfully prosecute this unscrupulous landlord,” says Cllr John Cotton, Birmingham neighbourhood and homes cabinet member.
“When relationships break down between and landlords and tenants there are strict legal processes that have to be followed and council officers are here to help both sides move forward.
“Unfortunately, despite being advised by council officers as to the correct procedures, Mr Alimajstorovic instead chose to harass his tenant and her son by interfering with the locks and removed their property and put it in the garden.” (see pic above)
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