Groundless threats of legal action by landlord held to constitute harassment of tenants
Worthington v Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a housing association against a finding of the County Court that it unlawfully harassed two of its tenants, in breach of section 1 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA 1997). Over a period of up to eight months, the Association had sent letters to two long-standing assured tenants of the Association threatening legal proceedings (an injunction application and/or possession proceedings) without proper basis. Such a course of conduct was found to cross the boundary so as to be oppressive and unacceptable, and to amount to harassment under PHA 1997.