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Landlord fined for illegally evicting Crawley couple

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A landlord has been found guilty of illegally evicting a Crawley couple from their rented property.

Mitesh Patel, 44, of Chanctonbury Way, Southgate was fined £1,700 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000 and £300 compensation at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on 18 December for illegally evicting the Crawley couple from one of his properties.

A couple approached Crawley Borough Council to report they had returned to their rented property in February 2017 to find their possessions on the lawn outside their flat and that the locks had been changed.

The case was passed to the Investigation Team who gathered evidence to prove the couple had been illegally evicted by Mr Patel.

Mr Patel had pleaded not guilty to the breach of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.

The evicted couple were helped by Crawley Borough Council with the assistance of its Rent Deposit Scheme to find alternative private rented accommodation.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“Rogue landlords cannot just evict privately rented tenants whenever they want. They must follow the correct legislation and issue notices in the right way.

“Landlords who break the law now know that we are serious about protecting tenants’ rights.”

For more information on legislation relating to landlords and tenancies visit gov.uk

Anyone who thinks they know someone who has made a false application to claim services from the council, is not living at their council property, has been illegally evicted or has illegally sublet it can contact the Corporate Fraud Team in confidence 24 hours a day on 0800 634 0180 or email investigations@crawley.gov.uk

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.

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Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You can also apply via ITV.com/talent

So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.

 

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