Landlord forced to return snatched contents of Kilburn salon back to hairdresser tenant
PUBLISHED: 16:38 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 08 February 2016
A landlord who removed all the contents of his tenant's hairdressing salon in Kilburn has been forced to return them back to her.
Marva Gordon took out a court injunction against Bernard McGowan after he paid bailiff Gary Goy to break into her salon Hair By Marva in West End Lane, with no prior warning.
Two days on January 27, all the goods inside the salon were removed forcing Marva to stop trading and launch a legal battle to get her possessions back.
However according to the 49-year-old, who has won a string of industry awards, some of the goods returned to her on Friday are now damaged and money taken from the shop has vanished into thin air.
She told the Times: “Why would anyone do something like this? It’s my shop, my shop is for my happiness, then somebody comes along and takes it away from me?
“They broke my trophies, one of my styling chairs, one of the trolleys to organise my rollers is totally gone and my products are totally crushed and leaking.
“The £2,000 I had hidden in a drawer to pay for hair extensions has disappeared.
“I never expected anything like this in my life.”
Ms Gordon, who lives in Willesden, took action against Mr McGowan after he claimed she had failed to pay her rent.
But the mother-of-one dispute his allegations and showed the Times prove that she had paid £200 weekly until December 21 when Mr McGowan told her to pay monthly.
She paid £1,000 on January 28, a day early.
Mr McGowan took over the property, which includes a residential flat upstairs, last October, four years after Ms Gordon signed the lease which is due to expire in September.
Ms Gordon said she will now take him to court to recoup her lost in earnings and costs incurred.
“I’m putting in a claim for compensation over lost and damaged property and for loss of earnings,” she said.
“The stress this man has put me through, and others I have spoken to, he can’t get away with it.”
Mr Goy refused to comment when contacted by the Times.
Mr McGowan has been called multiple times with messages left on his mobile.