Second series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

Landlord Action commissioned for second series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords.

Channel Five bosses have agreed the eye-opening first series of ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords has only scratched the surface of the issues faced when the relationships between landlords and tenants break down. With the last episode in the current series due to air on Wednesday 29th July, a second series featuring Landlord Action has been commission and will be broadcast in March 2016.

The final episode in the current series features a case that causes one landlord to take the decision that his buy-to-let dream is over.  Dad of three, Steve Bull, bought his first buy-to-let property four years agowith the intention of his children benefitting from the investment in years to come.  Eight months ago a new tenant moved in.  She was late paying rent from the outset and has now amassed rent arrears totalling over £5,000.   Steve entrusts the help of Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action get rid of the tenant for good but the disruption and worry the incident has caused to Steve and his family sees him ready to sell up and move on.

Founder of Landlord Action, Paul 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.”

The first series has been a huge success reaching viewing levels of 1.5 million.   Channel 5 has now asked Landlord Action to take part in the second longer series.  “We’re not only pleased that the show has been a success but that the failings of both landlords and tenants are highlighted and the distress it can cause felt by the audience. Reading about such stories in the newspapers doesn’t evoke the same emotion and hopefully it will encourage future landlords and tenants to take measures to protect themselves.”

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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