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From Scam Artists to Family Feuds – ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ on Channel 5

Em Morley - June 17, 2019

‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ is back on the television tonight, this time dealing with two very different eviction cases.

One of these cases involves an illegal sub-let by a ‘professional’ scam artists. The other is described as a favour that turned into a family feud. 

We will see how Landlord Action has managed to help young landlord Han Yip, after he discovered that his West London flat was being illegally sub-let to three unknowing students. Despite paying thousands of pounds to live in an exclusive part of London, the person they thought was the legitimate tenant was actually a scam artist.

This was discovered, after the man flaunted his seemingly ‘flashy’ life on Instagram, showing off about his ‘property business empire’. He has in fact spent time in a US prison, on fraud charges.

So, Mr Yip got in touch with Landlord Action, who came to the rescue. Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, was determined to expose the rogue tenant and reclaim his debts.

Paul comments: “Han Yip was very unlucky. He had done everything correctly, from using a professional letting agent to carrying out thorough referencing. Unfortunately, this particular fraudster had changed the spelling of his name among other tricks to slip through referencing.  

“Illegal sub-letting is becoming something of an epidemic in London and more needs to be done to prevent cases like these.”

The second case required Landlord Action to help with an unusual family disagreement. It was three years ago that Sade Ademoye took pity on her cousin Kirk, after he got divorced. She agreed to temporarily let a room to him in her elderly mother’s home, giving him a cheap rate. However, after her mother passed away, he refused to leave. So, Sade turned to Paul and his team, to help evict her cousin.

In relation to this case, Paul comments: “This tenant took advantage of his cousin’s late Mother and took over the property, even though the agreement was only to rent a room.  He then refused to leave. 

“These stories, and others throughout the series, demonstrate the diversity of cases that we have to deal with at Landlord Action and the reasons landlords look to gain possession.  It is rarely non-fault but often landlords feel powerless and turn to eviction as an absolute last resort.”

‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ will be on Channel 5 tonight (Monday 17th June) at 9PM.