Woman evicted after barring landlord from flat

Jennifer Moss - tenant evicted
Jennifer Moss - tenant evicted

A TENANT who repeatedly refused to let her landlord access the property has been evicted.

Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) had tried for months to gain access to Jennifer Moss’ property in Lyneham, Whiston, to check the safety of the gas supply.

Miss Moss, 28, had been the tenant at the property since February 2009 and became the first tenant ever to be evicted by KHT for missed gas safety inspections.

Between December 2010 and March this year, KHT officers called at the address nine times with no response, culminating in a final letter before action and a Notice to Inspect.

A Notice Seeking Possession was served in April, and in July KHT was granted a possession order by the courts, giving Miss Moss 14 days to leave the property.

This was ignored and KHT issued a warrant to enter the property and change the locks.

When KHT officers entered the property, it was clear the tenant had not lived there for some time. It was empty and in very poor condition with dog mess all around. The gas supply was capped and cut off.

At the time of the eviction, she was the sole tenant.

Terry Bonner, KHT’s operational director of landlord services, said: “Landlords have a legal obligation to carry out gas safety checks in all their properties. It is something we take very seriously, and at March this year, 99.9 per cent of KHT homes had an up-to-date gas safety certificate.

“Miss Moss was given numerous opportunities to allow us to carry out these essential checks. She would not engage with us and we could not allow the situation to continue. By not allowing us access, she was putting her own and others safety at risk.”