A court judgement has found that staff at Southwark Council have conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant, prompting the council to review all evictions since April 2013.
The London authority have criticised the High Court judgement which found four of its staff amounted to a conspiracy to unlawfully evict a tenant. In the report, the council states that, in its view, ‘the conclusions on conspiracy and misfeasance were clearly wrong’ and that ‘the trial itself was unjust’, reports Inside Housing.
The council have said it won’t be appealing due to it being “difficult and not financially prudent”.
Southwark Council said then tenant known as ‘Mr AA’ owed £2,353 in unpaid rent. Council staff broke the Human Rights act when they unlawfully evicted the man, destroyed his possessions, left him street homeless and then attempted a cover up, according to the judgement.
Southwark says the finding of unlawful eviction “could be argued to be unjust because it was not considered to be an issue before the court.”
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