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I am a landlord, we have tenents who refuse to leave the

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I am a landlord, we have tenents who refuse to leave the property even after notice was given.
My question is can I turn the electrics off as they haven't paid for the last 6 months and they should have also left the property? The electricity account is in my name.
Is this civil or criminal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No, you can't I'm afraid.
If you do then that is unlawful eviction which is a criminal offence. It is also harassment which is another offence.

I realise that bad tenants are not deserving of our sympathy but I'm afraid they still enjoy the protection of the law.

You will need to get a possession order at court to remove them if they refuse to go.

I'm very sorry.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not evicting them, I shall get a court order for that but I want to know whether turning their electric off is civil or criminal
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

that is unlawful eviction which is a criminal offence. It is also harassment which is another offence.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Turning off the utilities is a classic example. Just like disabling the toilet.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you and what's the worst that could happen to me if I turned it off?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

The police don't actually prosecute it much any more preferring instead to waste millions of taxpayers money on dangerous criminals who tried to kiss somebody in 1972.

However, a civil court would make you pay compensation. It isn't a good idea.

Just sue the tenant for anything he owes.

If you get a CCJ against them the council won't rehome them again.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I understand it's not a good idea but who can make me turn it back on? Do they have to go to court to make me? Obviously this will take time.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That is my last question above?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Yes, he could do that.

He could get an emergency injunction to get back in. It depends how litigious he is.