Harassment by people other than landlords
This section explains what those suffering harassment from people other than their landlords can do. It considers what practical steps can be taken as well as the legal remedies. It also deals with antisocial behaviour.
Harassment is any behaviour that causes distress or alarm, and can range from verbal abuse to violence and assault.
There are several options open to occupiers who are victims of harassment, whether they are a private sector tenant, a council tenant or an owner.
When an owner/occupier is the victim of harassment, all incidents should be monitored and reported to the police immediately.
Where the victim is a private sector tenant, s/he should try to establish whether or not the perpetrator is acting on the landlord's behalf.
In some cases, it may be possible to begin eviction proceedings on the grounds of harassment or anti-social behaviour.
It is important to note that there is no statutory definition of racial harassment.
The police have a responsibility to respond to calls for protection and to enforce the criminal law. They have a duty to investigate crime and to take the necessary action.
In Scotland the police and procurator fiscal decide whether or not to prosecute.
Perpetrators of harassment and unlawful eviction could be charged with a variety of offences.
Last updated: 29 December 2014