Sheffield landlord who illegally evicted tenant avoids jail

A landlord who illegally evicted a tenant and forced her to sleep on the streets has avoided a jail term.

Naveed Hussain, 36, was accused of forcing Saba Habte out of a flat above a takeaway she was renting with no warning.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard Ms Habte was told to leave the flat on December 15, 2016.

When Ms Habte challenged him, Hussain replied ‘it is my house and I can do as I choose’ and took the key from the door and put it in his pocket.

Hussain was described as having an ‘attitude of contempt’ towards Ms Habte by Salvation Army Officers who later assisted Ms Habte with the retrieval of her belongings.

Hussain pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

Hussain will have to carry 250 hours unpaid work and attend 15 days at a rehabilitation activity requirement. He was further ordered to pay costs of £919 and a surcharge of £150.

This was the second time Hussain had been prosecuted for offences of a similar nature.