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One of the key areas here is that of harassment, defined in the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 as two separate offences: 1) acts likely to interfere with the peace and comfort of those living in the property and 2) persistent withdrawal of services that are reasonably required for the occupation of the premises. The Act also creates two separate offences of harassment: The first offence can be committed by any person if it can be shown that s/he had an intent to cause an occupier to leave all or part of the property or refrain from exercising any right or remedy in respect of the premises.

The second can only be committed by a landlord or her/his agent. This offence is committed if it can be shown that the landlord or her/his agent should have known or had reasonable cause to believe that her/his action(s)
was likely to have this effect.

For both offences it is necessary to prove both the act and either the intention, or the reasonable cause to believe.
It is not sufficient to merely show that the act was committed.

 

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