‘Worlds Worse Tenants’, Did you see it?

‘Worlds Worse Tenants’, Did you see it?

Last Thursday night I was flicking through my sky control, when I came across an American programme called ‘ Worlds Worse Tenants’, which had 3 characters from an eviction specialist company, based in California.  They visited bad tenants at properties on behalf of their landlord clients, serving notices, dealing with evictions. It’s a lot more confrontational then what we do, but US Laws allow them to do this and to evict tenants a lot quicker than the UK.

On this programme it featured a story of the characters going to a house to investigate ‘access amount of electricity ‘coming out of an apartment building.  They were walking around with a machine detecting electrify and came across a flat, where the tenant was giving Yoga lessons to very large people with numerous heaters switched on to the max!

On another story they went to a property to investigate why a woman tenant in a shared house was being charged $800 more than the other male tenants. It became apparent that the male property manager, living on site and looking after the property, was victimising her and of course it was all very confrontational, with a fight breaking out , TV gold!

I’ve been involved with lots of filming over the years, generally door stopping, serving notices and turning up at evictions.  I wouldn’t be able to do half the things our American counterparts do, as I would be arrested for harassment/ unlawful eviction.

This programme clearly outlines how US laws favour the landlord during the eviction process; there is also significantly less bureaucracy and delays during the legal process.

It’s a good watch, even though it’s obviously played up for the cameras.

Thursday nights 8-9pm, on Channel 5 star on Sky and  also available on catch -up.

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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