Channel 5’s documentary “Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords” launches this week

Channel 5’s documentary “Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords” launches this week

On Thursday 5th April (8pm), Channel 5 will launch “Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords”, a companion series to “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords”, which delves into the dark side of the housing crisis and features cases handled by leading tenant eviction company, Landlord Action.

In the first episode, English teacher Muhammad Rahman has suffered from serious financial difficulty as his tenant refused to pay rent for over four months. The situation is made even worse when Muhammad finds out that his single tenant has been subletting rooms in his property.

Unfortunately, the agent responsible for placing the tenant is rogue letting agent Carterstones in Ilford, Essex, which is no longer trading. Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action comments:

“Mr Rahman fell victim not just to a rogue letting agent, but also a rogue tenant, which made this case particularly distressing. With mounting rent arrears and a mortgage to pay, Muhammad and his family were forced to live in cramped conditions in one small room at his brother’s house along with his brother’s family, including four children, and take a second job to cover the costs. This was part of an organised subletting gang, and when we discovered the sub-tenants hidden in a room upstairs during the High Court eviction, the atmosphere became particularly hostile. The police were called and the matter was dealt with, but I hope this scene acts as a reminder to landlords watching the show not to try and deal with situations like this without seeking professional help.”

Landlord Muhammad Rahman added: “When you instruct a high street agent, you just assume they will do the job you are paying them for and act professionally and appropriately, but that was not the case and the whole situation ended up costing me the best part of £12,000. I’m just so grateful for Landlord Action’s help in finally getting my property back – it was quite a journey and not one I would ever want to repeat.”

In other stories on the show this week, a bedsit fire exposes a negligent landlord in north-west London, while Carl, a landlord in Cheshire, is shocked to hear squatters are living in his property.

Watch “Bad Tenants Rogue Landlords” on Thursday 5th April, at 8pm on Channel 5.

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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