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Landlords Struggle after Nightmare Tenant Changes Locks

Published On: July 16, 2019 at 9:03 am


Categories: Landlord News


The latest episode of Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords aired last night (Monday 15th July), featuring a retired couple struggling with a tenant refusing to pay rent.

Unfortunately for Jackie and John, retirees from a seaside village in Norfolk, this tenant also lives in the same building as them.

Jackie and John live in a converted Victorian building, comprising of four flats. After a recommendation of someone in the village, they decided to let the flat above their own to a lady named Katey. As she was eager to find somewhere fast and the couples last tenants had just moved out, it seemed like a good solution.

However, Katey became late making rent payments, which led Jackie and John to reach out to her. She told them that she worked for herself, so money was a bit tight at that point in time. After asking if she could pay weekly, the landlords agreed. On top of that, the kind-natured couple helped their tenant find another job in the village and agreed that she could sub-let the spare room to help pay the rent. After meeting the sub-tenant, they were happy and allowed them to move in.

Despite all of this support, the tenant then stopped paying rent altogether. The couple didn’t see any money from herself or the sub-tenant. After returning from a week-long holiday, the landlords discovered that the tenants had changed the locks and refused to speak with them.

Unfortunately, it got worse from there. The tenant made accusations against them, claiming that they were letting themselves into the flat and threatening her. The police were involved, but even though the retired couple had clearly done nothing wrong, there was not much they were able to do to help. 

With both the emotional stress of having the nightmare tenant living right above them and the financial stress of struggling to pay their own bills without the additional income, they contacted Landlord Action.

Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, said: “Having dealt with this kind of tenant for many years, I had my suspicions that she had done this before, and would likely do it again. I was extremely concerned for Jackie and John’s health, who were both visibly distressed, so we took the decision to offer the tenant a sum of money to sign a deed of surrender and leave the property.”

Jackie commented: “We know we are kind people who went out of our way to help Katey. We have a good reputation locally as landlords so it was heart-breaking to be in this situation. She said we would never get her out of our flat and it drove me to the verge of a nervous breakdown. Katey’s behaviour had become so challenging and she was deliberately doing things to make our lives hell. Paul saved my sanity.”

Eventually the tenant did move out, but the property was left trashed and filthy. Items had also been stolen, such as security cameras, curtains and remote controls.

But Katey did not move far, it seems. Finding another landlord nearby, who let her move in, despite warnings from Jackie and John.

The second landlord, Lynsey, said: “I should’ve gone with my gut, but she sold me a good story. She moved in and paid the first month’s rent and then it stopped. Fortunately, I managed to convince her to leave and she vacated of her own accord after three months. I was still out of pocket by £1100 and the flat was trashed, but I know I got off lightly.”

Commenting on these cases, Paul said: “The problem is that the private rented sector is a very different market today and landlords need to take stock and understand it’s a lot more work intensive. Character references and affordability checks are vital. We really hope that when the government makes changes to Section 8 that any cases with a money order for rent arrears have a CCJ applied to them to help other landlords avoid taking on serial bad tenants.”

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

Published On: June 17, 2019 at 8:56 am


Categories: Landlord News


‘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.

Landlords Warned about using Gumtree on Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

Published On: March 15, 2017 at 9:38 am


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Landlords are being warned about using Gumtree ahead of tonight’s episode of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Channel 5.

The second episode of the third series airs tonight (Wednesday 15th March) at 9pm on Channel 5. It explores the fallout one landlord faced after deciding to let her property through Gumtree.

Landlords Warned about using Gumtree on Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

Landlords Warned about using Gumtree on Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

Despite not knowing much about how Gumtree works, Vicki McNaught decided to list her property on the site, as it was a cheaper alternative to using a letting agent.

Initially, McNaught was delighted when a young professional moved into the flat, promising to look after the place. He boasted of a private eduction and his references showed off a great career in the City. But it didn’t take long before he stopped paying the rent.

Looking back, McNaught would do things very differently. She says: “We’ve learnt that bad tenants are more likely to target sites like Gumtree because they hope they will be subjected to fewer checks. In the future, we’d always go through an agent – although even this has no guarantee. It’s the law that needs to change to make landlords less vulnerable to unscrupulous tenants.”

Paul Shamplina, the Founder of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser, who stars in the show, knows these situations all too well.

He comments on the case: “This guy is a serial bad tenant. He has been evicted previously after running up costs of £30,000 in unpaid rent and stolen furniture from an overseas landlord. In Vicky’s case, he used false references to secure the property.”

Shamplina wants the episode to act as a serious warning to landlords about using free classified websites, such as Gumtree, to advertise their property to let.

He says: “We’ve come across many similar cases in the past where we see serial bad tenants prey on less experienced landlords who let their properties on consumer websites. Unfortunately, the majority of these landlords are deceived by well-educated con artists. With absolutely nothing in place to safeguard landlords, they find themselves in all sorts of trouble.

“My advice would always be to use a credited letting agent who can let your property through the correct procedures and are up to date with all legislation in the private rented sector. However, for any landlords already using such sites, then you need to be careful. Ensure you have thorough referencing checks done and look out for the telltale signs of a serial bad tenant. For example, are you being rushed by the tenant for them to move in as soon as possible?”

Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords is a 12-part series on Channel 5. The programme delves into the dark side of the lettings market, showing the struggles landlords and tenants face on a daily basis.

Buy-to-Let Expert Paul Shamplina Back for Third Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

Buy-to-let expert Paul Shamplina, the Founder of Landlord Action and a brand ambassador of Hamilton Fraser, is back for a third series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords.

Buy-to-Let Expert Paul Shamplina Back for Third Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

Buy-to-Let Expert Paul Shamplina Back for Third Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

The 12-part series starts this Sunday (5th March) on Channel 5. Once again, the programme will delve into the dark side of the buy-to-let sector, showing the complexities that landlords and tenants face on a daily basis.

The first episode, which starts at 8pm, highlights one lady’s desperate fight to win back the home she grew up in from a woman she once considered a family friend.

Wendy Rose, from Bristol, was forced to call in buy-to-let expert Shamplina to help evict her nightmare tenant, who didn’t pay the rent and owed almost £3,000.

Shamplina confirms that Wendy’s story concerns a common landlord issue – rent arrears: “Wendy’s mother was seriously ill and needed to be moved into a nursing home. A friend asked if she could rent the house, which Wendy was delighted about, as the rental income would help cover her mother’s care costs and the place would be looked after. Things didn’t quite go as expected for Wendy unfortunately, and she needed help to get her family friend evicted from her home.

“Renting to a friend or indeed a family member can cause problems if the correct procedures aren’t followed, like with any other tenant. Regardless of the relationship, landlords need to understand the risks upfront as well as their legal obligations, and have clear, methodical referencing in place.”

Commenting on the new series, the buy-to-let expert says: “This series sees me travelling up and down the country uncovering the struggles landlords are faced with when dealing with nightmare tenants, and vice versa in some cases. We also experience rogue letting agents – I even get locked in one of their offices!

“I believe this show really highlights the fact that there should be a centralised database that lists rogue tenants, in order to help safeguard landlords. It’s all well and good that the Government are trying to improve the industry by having a database of rogue landlords and letting agents available to local councils, but what about protection for landlords from bad tenants? Surely there needs to be similar safety measures in place for them also?”

Second Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords to Begin Tomorrow

Published On: March 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm


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Tomorrow night at 9pm, the second series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords will begin on Channel 5.

The ten-part series explores the dark side the private rental sector and continuing housing crisis. It features leading eviction specialists Landlord Action and the firm’s founder, Paul Shamplina.

Landlord Action believes that the “complexities and sheer amount” of legislation around private rental housing is pushing more and more landlords out of the buy-to-let sector, which is further fuelling the chronic shortage of housing in the UK.

Second Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords to Begin Tomorrow

Second Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords to Begin Tomorrow

The imbalance between supply and demand is also causing rents to rise, putting a strain on landlord-tenant relationships. Just last month, Countrywide reported that the average rent is now the highest on record.

The second series of the programme will reveal some of the difficulties faced by private landlords and tenants in a market that “needs clear and simplified direction in order to maintain its current level of growth”, according to Landlord Action. It is believed that 30% of all households will live in the private rental sector within 30 years.

The first 60-minute episode of the new series will feature three stories, two of which involve a common landlord issue – rent arrears.

Donovan Nelson, a successful music entrepreneur, has not received rent for seven months from one of his tenants. With costs spiralling out of control, Nelson has called on Landlord Action to help him evict the tenant. However, on the day of the court hearing, Donovan is faced with the news that his tenant is going to fight the eviction, claiming that the hot water is not working.

“This case highlights one of my greatest concerns surrounding last year’s introduction of the retaliation eviction law as part of the Deregulation Act 2015,” says Shamplina. “The new measures protect tenants from being evicted when they raise a complaint about the condition of their home. Unfortunately, some tenants are using this as a loophole to avoid eviction, putting landlords under extreme financial pressure.”

If you are suffering with rent arrears, rent guarantee and legal expenses insurance will ensure that you still get paid and your legal expenses are covered.

Episode one also features a rogue landlord, previously known to the authorities, who is renting a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) to several tenants in extremely unsanitary conditions, which have caused a rat infestation.

Shamplina comments: “The show is a very real insight into the plights of the buy-to-let world. There are many professional landlords and respectful tenants out there who move from one harmonious tenancy to another, but that is not always the case.

“With increasing amounts of legislation, we’re seeing a rise in the number of landlords and tenants at loggerheads. Designed to offer a balanced view of the market, Landlord Action was thrilled to be invited to take part in the second series and help show landlords and tenants how to protect themselves.”

The first series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, which aired in June-July 2015, attracted over 1.5m viewers.

The second series will run for ten weeks, every Wednesday on Channel 5 at 9pm.

Additionally, Shamplina will be co-hosting the new The Property Hour radio show on LBC every Thursday from 9pm-10pm, starting this week.

Second Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords Confirmed

The first series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Channel 5 has explored the relationship breakdown of landlords and tenants. But bosses agree that there is more to be seen.

Second Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords Confirmed

Second Series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords Confirmed

The last episode of the current series aired last night, but a second series featuring eviction specialists Landlord Action has been commissioned, due to be broadcast in March 2016.

The final episode in season one featured a landlord making the decision to end his buy-to-let career.

Steve Bull bought his first investment property four years ago, hoping that his children would benefit in the future.

Eight months ago, a new tenant moved into the property and has been paying the rent late ever since. The rent arrears totalled over £5,000.

Bull called on Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina to help him evict the tenant, but the worry that the incident has caused means that Bull is ready to sell the property.

Shamplina says: “As the buy-to-let market grows, with more people expected to rent than own property with a mortgage by 2025, naturally the level of complaints relating to tenancies will follow.

“No amount of legislation will ever be able to eradicate problematic tenancies, so education is the only way to help reduce this.

“Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords isn’t aimed at putting people off either letting or renting property, but highlights some of the scenarios which can arise so both tenants and landlords can protect themselves in advance.”1