Remedies for harassment and unlawful eviction
This section looks at the remedies that residential occupiers have if they are harassed or unlawfully evicted by their landlord or their landlord's agents.
There are practical steps that tenants can take to challenge harassment and/or unlawful eviction.
In some situations, it may be possible for an unlawfully evicted tenant to regain possession.
If negotiations with the landlord to stop the harassment or prevent an eviction have failed, tenants could consider pursuing a remedy using the courts.
Harassed and/or unlawfully evicted tenants can use the civil court (sheriff court) to obtain an interdict to stop the harassment, or to raise an action to be reinstated in their home and/or for damages as compensation for their landlord's actions.
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 introduced new legal protection for individuals suffering from harassment by third parties.
This section outlines the legislation that supports claims for damages.
A number of legislative provisions provide criminal sanctions for harassment and unlawful eviction.
Last updated: 29 December 2014