Olympic Evictions could see Landlords for the High Jump

22 June 2012 Categories: News

Olympic Evictions could see Landlords for the High Jump

Despite the fact that tenant evictions are illegal without a valid notice being served, hundreds of landlords in London are still pushing their luck prior to the Olympic Games starting this summer. Fisher Meredith, a London-based team of housing lawyers, have recently reported a large increase in the number of tenants asking for advice about evictions, and the main areas of concern are the boroughs close to the Olympic activity.

Landlords who are looking to make large profits from renting their properties short term are telling their current tenants to leave, some with only a week or two of notice and all without a court appointed possession order. Unfortunately an alarming number of tenants apparently don’t know that this course of action is illegal, and that landlords can be fined or even banned from renting out private residences if taken through the court system.

Ann Bevington, from Fisher Meredith, commented’ “Although tenants do have legal protection, many don’t realise this and are being bullied into leaving. As we get closer to the Games and the demand for accommodation peaks we’re likely to see a rise in the number of landlords chancing their luck and trying to evict tenants.”