Defending an unlawful eviction claim

Dean acted for a local authority in a multi-track civil claim brought by tenants claiming unlawful eviction and damages in respect of items the tenants claimed had been lost and damaged as a result of the said eviction. Following a multi-day trial the Judge determined that the local authority had lawfully evicted the tenants and was thus not liable for any loss sustained by the tenants, who the Judge determined had fabricated the claim in a bid to obtain a windfall from the local authority. The tenants were therefore ordered to pay the costs of the local authority from the equity of the property they had purchased following their eviction from the council property.