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Harassment and illegal eviction

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This section provides an explanation of what acts may constitute harassment and illegal eviction, and who is protected by the law. The practical steps an occupier can take to protect her/himself, and the civil and criminal remedies that may be available to occupiers who have been subjected to harassment or illegal eviction.

For information about harassment and other forms of antisocial behaviour that is not intended to make an occupier leave her/his accommodation or refrain from exercising her/his rights, see the section on Harassment and antisocial behaviour.  For information about domestic violence, see the section on Domestic abuse.

In this section, the term 'occupier' is used to refer to both tenants and licensees for the sake of simplicity, except where stated otherwise.

What is harassment?

Harassment as defined by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. 

What is illegal eviction?

What constitutes illegal eviction. 

Legal remedies

Legal remedies for harassment and illegal eviction. 

Harassment and illegal eviction law

All types of occupier have rights in relation to their accommodation, which vary according to their occupation status. This section explains the law in relation to harassment and illegal eviction. 

Offences involving violence

Legal remedies available in the case of offences involving violence against persons or property. 

Taking action

The various courses of action that may be available to people experiencing harassment, illegal eviction and/or antisocial behaviour, looking at which course of action is most appropriate in different circumstances. 

Practical steps

Practical steps that occupiers experiencing harassment or illegal eviction can take. 

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