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Harassment And Illegal Eviction

Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions have taken place for harassment and illegal eviction, respectively; and how many have resulted in convictions in each of the years since the Rent Act 1965 came into force;(2) how many people have been prosecuted for harassment and illegal eviction, respectively; and how many were convicted in each of the years since the Rent Act 1965 came into force.

The offences concerned are covered by Section 30 of the Rent Act 1965. The readily available information is as follows:

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the number of fines imposed for harassment and illegal eviction, respectively, in each of the years since the Rent Act 1965 came into force; and what was the average fine in each year;

197319741975
Fines imposed (number of)
Section 30(2) Harassment1165745
Section 30(1) Illegal eviction975079
Average fine
Section 30(2) Harassmentn.a.£63·85£53·66
Section 30(1) Illegal evictionn.a.£39·34£71·50
Sentences of immediate imprisonment (number of)
Section 30(2) Harassment6NilNil
Section 30(1) Illegal evictionn.a.Nil8
Average length of sentence (months)
Section 30(2) Harassment6NilNil
Section 30(1) Illegal evictionn.a.Nil5
Figures for the years prior to 1973 could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were for harassment and illegal eviction, respectively, in the Metropolitan Police District, the West Midland area and Merseyside area in each of the years since the Rent Act 1965 came

PROSECUTIONS AND CONVICTIONS FOR OFFENCES UNDER SECTION 30 OF THE RENT ACT 1965—BY CERTAIN POLICE FORCE AREAS
Number of offences
Metropolitan Police DistrictWest Midlands*Merseyside*
ProsecutionsConvictionsProsecutionsConvictionsProsecutionsConvictions
Under section 30(2) (Harassment)
19738741N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
19743928N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
1975123NilNilNilNil
Under section 30(1) (Illegal Eviction)
19736544N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
19741910N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
197542341175
* West Midlands Police and Merseyside Police Force were formed in April 1974.
Figures for the Metropolitan Police District for years prior to 1973 could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.