Lying tenant jailed

A landlord spoke of his “horrendous” three-year ordeal after a Leeds tenant who faked a statement to back up a county court claim against him was jailed.


Elaine’s Moxon’s false statement contributed to a judgement going against landlord Zareef Latif which left him facing county court fines and costs of more than £30,000.

Mr Latif was the landlord of a house in Leeds which was rented by Moxon and her husband from 2011 to 2015.

In 2016 Mr Latif sued Moxon for rent arrears of £4,200.


Moxon launched a counter claim for damages and claimed Mr Latif had dumped her property on the street before changing the locks after evicting her and her husband.

A judge subsequently ordered Mr Latif to pay £24,800 to the Moxons for damage to property in respect of her counter claim, plus court costs.

Mr Latif later discovered that Moxon had used her cousin’s name without her knowledge to put a false statement before the court.

Mr Latif reported his findings to police and applied to have the county court judgement against him removed.

Moxon, 52, admitted perverting the course of justice.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said, “It was a thoroughly dishonest and wicked thing to do.”

Mr Latif said, “This woman has put me through an absolutely horrendous ordeal for the last three years.

“It has been a nightmare. She is now where she belongs and I hope to be able to get on with my life.”

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