A rogue landlord in Gainsborough will be sentenced later this month after being found guilty of unlawful harassment towards his tenants and pursuing misleading and aggressive practices.
Ragoopathy Naidu, 64, ordered his tenants to move out of their property inside an hour, in breach of their tenancy agreement.
The charges were brought by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and West Lindsey District Council after they discovered that Naidu also demanded late-payment fees and included misleading terms in the contracts of tenants.
Tara Carter, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Telling tenants to move out in an hour was just one of Mr Naidu’s actions.
“He also used the terms of his tenancy agreement to intimidate tenants and take additional money from them.
“The requirement not to engage in unfair trading practices applies to all landlords. They have a duty of care towards their tenants, and those who choose to ignore this can expect to face legal action.”
Andy Gray, of West Lindsey District Council, commented: “Tenants have the right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes without unlawful and persistent interference from their landlord.”