From Scam Artists to Family Feuds – ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ continues

From Scam Artists to Family Feuds – ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ continues

In this week’s episode of Channel 5’s ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’, Landlord Action tackles two very different eviction cases, one involving an illegal sub-let by a ‘professional’ scam artist, the other which sees a favour turn into a family feud.

In the first case, young landlord Han Yip discovers his West London flat is being illegally sublet to three unsuspecting students. They have been paying thousands of pounds to live in an exclusive part of London, but their rent is being pocketed by the man who posed as the legitimate tenant. Flaunting his seemingly ‘flashy’ life on Instagram and showing off about his ‘property business empire’, he is in fact a scam artist, who has spent time in a US prison on fraud charges.

Calling on the help of Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, Han Yip is 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.”

In the second case, Landlord Action is called upon to help end an unusual family disagreement. Three years ago, Sade Ademoye took pity on her cousin Kirk, who was in dire straits after his divorce. Agreeing to temporarily let a room to him in her elderly mother’s home, Sade also gave him a cheap rate. But after her mother passed away, he refused to leave. With this family feud turning acrimonious, Sade also turns to help from Paul and his team to evict her cousin.

“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.”

Watch Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords on Channel 5, Mondays 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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