The Oxford City Council website has a news story stating that an Oxford landlord has been jailed for three months for unlawful eviction. We have very limited details as the story is sketchy (comments with more information welcome) but it seems that his case was not assisted by being arrested at an airport while on bail.
This is a little surprising as penalties for unlawful eviction have historically been almost laughable in their lack of severity. The average fine is normally in the order of £1000-2000 and custodial sentences are almost unheard of. Therefore this sentence either represents a case which is truly appalling, and this does not seem to be the case from the report on Oxford’s website, or courts are getting far tougher in their sentencing.