1.5 million tune into ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’

1.5 million tune into ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’.

Into its fourth week, Channel 5’s ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ is growing in popularity with viewing figures of last week’s episode hitting 1.5 million. This week, a serial bad tenant and a subletting scammer will highlight the need for landlords to take action at the first sign of things going wrong.

Landlords Terry Sartin and Helen Miller have both been unfortunate enough to have had dealings with the same nightmare tenant who doesn’t pay rent.  Landlord Terry has been trying to get rid of his tenant Sophia for five months and she now owes him £8,000. Eviction day finally arrives and despite a standoff with Sophia, he finally gets his property back. However, Helen Miller can be seen still battling to get her out. Four months ago, while still living at Terry Sartin’s, the tenant took out a tenancy with Helen also.  Aside from paying the £900 deposit, she hasn’t received a penny since. After a tense court case, Helen finally wins a possession order.  The question is whether Sophia will finally leave the property as she is supposed to or whether Helen will endure more months of unpaid rent and stress.

The second case features Lesley and Mark Irwing, an elderly couple who were supplementing their income by renting out a second property. They took on a tenant, Jecintha Rahman who, as single mother, had fallen on hard times. A few months into the tenancy she got very behind with her rent complaining of numerous financial problems that were beyond her control. The Irwin’s were patient and understanding, hoping she would get back on her feet. Sadly, it turns out their tenant is in fact a confident trickster, who was not only lying to the Irwing’s about her financial problems, but was working a sub-letting scam, conning students who needed to move into the area by advertising the Irwing’s address as a rental property, taking deposits off them and then refusing them entry.

Jecintha managed to do this over and over again until the law eventually caught up with her and she was arrested and charged. She served four months on remand and was given a suspended sentence for theft and fraud.

Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action who worked on both of the cases featured in this week’s episode says “Unfortunately the circumstances in both of these cases highlight just how imperative it is for landlords to act fast, ideally as soon as a tenant doesn’t pay rent. In subletting cases, we have to remember it’s not just the landlords who fall on hard times as a result of the scammer, but also the poor people who believe they are legitimately renting a property from a landlord…not another tenant.  In this case it left innocent students beginning their college career out of pocket and on the street.”

Catch the next episode of ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ on Wednesday 15th July on Channel 5 at 9pm.

Precise Treatment Reduces Pain

Detail needs experts. Expert time is worth it when it saves you a costly mistake. Main objective: Get the property back. Best action: Very precise treatment.

Serving a notice is actually the most important part of the possession process.

It isn’t complicated but one tiny error can cause dreadful problems.

That’s why we say, don’t DIY and don’t use internet amateurs. It’s not worth it.

1. Compliance Errors
If the tenant doesn’t leave at Step1, the notice had better be valid. Because then it has to go to court. Any little error can get a case thrown out. And you have to start all over again.

2. Attempting Short-Cuts.
In an effort to be quick, some internet services aimed at landlords are using short-cuts around the process. But if the tenant doesn’t leave (50%) these practices can backfire at court and the case thrown out.

3. Trying to Save Pennies.
Internet services have mushroomed and landlords can expect to get what they pay for. To get the process done PROPERLY it takes a certain amount of time for an expert to look over a file and be accurate. Our fees cover that expert time.

Chasing courts for dates, arranging advocates and preparing court papers is time consuming. Especially if you’ve never done it before.

Some landlord and agents have served notices themselves. They believed they were saving a few pounds but it often ended up costing them more.

If you lose a claim, the court can order you to pay the tenant’s defence cost, which can run to hundreds or thousands of pounds.

Our in-house Solicitors are there to get your property back as fast as they can. And we protect landlords and agents from themselves.

As experts, we know that in the rush to get things done, errors can happen. And those errors can can come back later to mess up your case – and the whole process has to start again.

You can speed things up – give us accurate information quickly. Help us to help you.

There are services on the web who will prepare papers BUT they get you to pay the court-fee separately and get you to sign the court papers – so in fact they don’t represent you!

If your notice (at Step1) wasn’t drafted or served correctly you risk wasting your court fees and losing a whole lot of time because of a small error.

We won’t let your case anywhere near a court until we have checked every little detail. To make sure you don’t waste time or money, at Step-2 we first only charge part of the fee.

If your notice is fine, then you just pay the balance of the fee and we issue the claim. If there is a problem with your notice or paperwork, we will advise you what to do next.

Courts take the view that possession proceedings can make someone homeless. So they are very careful. If there’s any error in the notice, they throw the case out. It’s the process. Get it right or lose.

If the notice is invalid, you have to start all over again. The weeks or months you’ve waited are wasted. If there were rent arrears, there are now more.

If there weren’t rent arrears, they might now start. More fees. More lost rent. And still no possession. Tenants can be alerted to making a counter-claim.

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