10:33 AM, 13th July 2015, About 7 years ago 41
If a tenant told lies when they applied for a property, and these lies contributed to the landlord’s decision to offer them the tenancy, then the tenancy was obtained by fraud.
If the tenancy was obtained by fraud, then I believe that the contract (tenancy) becomes voidable (it is a “voidable contract”, i.e. it is valid until such time as the person who is the victim of the fraud (the landlord) chooses to make the contract (tenancy) void. Can any of the legal minds on here confirm this, and also specify how the landlord makes the tenancy void, e.g. simply send a letter to the tenant saying this?
Once the tenancy has been voided, am I right in thinking that there is then no valid tenancy and thus the “tenant” (now ex-tenant) can no longer benefit from the legal protections within the Protection of Eviction Act? If so, does this mean that the landlord can simple go in and change the locks (while the “resident” is out)?