Willesden hairdresser to sue landlord who threw her out of her salon in Kilburn

Marva Gordon is suing her landlord (Pic: Polly Hancock)

Marva Gordon is suing her landlord (Pic: Polly Hancock) - Credit: Archant

A Willesden hairdresser is suing the landlord that threw her out of her Kilburn salon over a rent row.

Marva Gordon, who runs Hair By Marva in West End Lane, is filing a claim for compensation against her landlord Brendan McGowan after he paid bailiff Gary Goy to remove her property with no prior warning.

The 49-year-old faced the two men in court on February 15 after successfully winning an injunction against them for the return of her equipment, some of which was damaged or missing.

The award-winning hairdresser told the Times he allegedly offered her an out of court settlement.

She said: “McGowan’s solicitor wrote to my lawyer saying he wanted us to cancel the hearing and asked to settle out of court. My lawyer gave him until February 11 to state his terms but he didn’t reply so we just proceeded.

“I need to bring these people to justice.

“I want Mr McGowan and his bailiff to stop walking around and doing this to people because there’s a lot of people he’s done it to but because of the legal fee and costs they walk away, they don’t have the strength to do what I’m going to. I’m not going to give up.”

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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.

Two days on January 27 all the goods inside the salon were removed forcing Ms Gordon to stop trading and launch a legal battle to get her possessions back.

The mother-of-one was accused of not paying her rent but she had paid £200 weekly until December 21 when Mr McGowan told her to pay monthly. She paid £1000 on January 28, a day early.

She added: “The judge asked McGowan if he’d returned my property and he said yes. He asked him if he’d rearranged the shop the way he’d found it and he said yes but when the judge asked for photographic evidence, he didn’t have any. He couldn’t provide any evidence.”

She added: “McGowan and Goy harm too many people so now I am pursuing them both for the unlawful, illegal act they committed. I am strong. I will fight to the end.”

A professional paralegal confirmed he was helping Ms Gordon.

Mr Goy said: “No comment”

Mr McGowan has not responded to any messages left on his answering machine.

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