A private landlord has been forced to pay out £4,500 after he was found to have illegally evicted tenants from their homes in Newham.

Faruk Ahmed ignored a string of warnings from the council to either find alternative accommodation for his tenant or evict them properly by giving legal notice.

He was found guilty of committing offences under the Prevention from Eviction Act 1977 at Stratford Magistrates' Court last week.

Councillor Andrew Baikie, executive member for housing, process and business efficiency, said the prosecution highlights the authority's commitment to clamping down on landlords who fail to meet their obligations.

"The council will take robust enforcement action and prosecute where possible when we become aware of landlords committing offences,"he declared.

Earlier this week, a new council scheme in Doncaster was launched to help reward landlords for providing good service and bring rogue operators to justice.

Those whose services meet the standards set out by the initiative will be given the opportunity to sign up to a new voluntary accreditation scheme.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18943896-ADNFCR

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