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Did your landlord ever serve you any notice regarding your eviction? If so, what was that notice?
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If you believe that you have been unlawfully evicted, you may continue to file a civil case against your landlord. You can:
1. obtain an injunction to stop the harassment and/or to get reinstated after an illegal eviction;
2. claim compensation (damages) for what you have suffered (in this case you have suffered from asthma due to the faulty ventilation system);
3. prosecute your landlord and/or apply for a warrant of arrest; and/or
4. ask the local authority to prosecute their landlord in the criminal courts.
You can pursue a civil claim for damages in a County Court at the same time as the landlord is prosecuted under criminal law in a magistrates' court. You may also apply to the First-tier Tribunal for a rent repayment order against the landlord.
Since you mentioned that you have suffered from asthma due to the broken ventilation system and that you landlord has refused to fix it. I would advise you to keep any documentation regarding that matter so that you may show that to the court. Additionally, you can also have you local health council check the property to give you a report detailing the broken ventilation system and how it has affected your health.
Furthermore, since you are looking to file a civil case against your landlord, I would advise you to seek legal aid from a local solicitors as here on JustAnswer we are unable to receive formal instructions. What I can do for you is to provide details on how to locate a local solicitor. Would you like me to send those across?
To find a local solicitor within your area, please visit the following website: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk
You may also try to check this webpage and see if you’re eligible for the government’s legal aid. Once you enter the online form, there will be an option to select a category. https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
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