Landlord Action recovers £16,000 from rogue letting agent in new series of ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’

Landlord Action recovers £16,000 from rogue letting agent in new series of ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’

The new series of Channel 5’s ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ has launched featuring cases handled by eviction specialists Landlord Action. In the second episode, due to air on Monday 10th June, 9pm, founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina, helps two landlords track down £16,000 they’re owed by rogue letting agent Lang and Ward.

The latest series once again delves into the dark side of Britain’s overheating rental market. Gaining unique access into the lives of the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ of Generation Rent. The eight episodes follow the work of a letting agent trying to keep a roof over their tenants’ heads, and cameras are on the frontline with housing teams as they try to protect vulnerable tenants living in squalor and dangerous conditions. Conversely, the series also witnesses eviction experts, including Landlord Action, helping frantic landlords who can’t get their tenants to pay – or move out.

One particularly unique case will be shown on Monday 10th June. Married landlords, Monwara and Mohammed, hired East London letting agent Lang and Ward to manage their property, only to then discover they had been pocketing their tenant’s rent. With a new company name above the door, familiar employees claiming ignorance and a violent confrontation, the landlords are left out in the cold. But maybe the doorstep isn’t in vain, a few minutes later the landlords receive a call from the letting agent, and eviction expert Paul Shamplina attempts to chase down the £16,000 the landlords are owed.
Paul comments: “If ever people needed to understand the significance of using a letting agent which has Client Money Protection, this is it. Ironically, these rogues, Lang and Ward, attempted to join our sister company, Client Money Protect, but were refused membership as they had doctored and falsified their bank statements. Now that CMP is mandatory for all letting agents, greater protection for landlords’ rents and tenants’ deposits is in place. In this case, Monwara and Mohammed were extremely lucky to be able to collect their stolen rent back, but unfortunately many other landlords who contacted us were not so lucky as the business closed down. I only hope that Trading Standards takes significant enforcement action and gets some sort of justice for those who have lost money.

“Some letting agents will find the market more challenging now that the Tenant Fees Ban is in place so, while I would always recommend landlords use a letting agent to fully manage their property, it is imperative they carry out thorough due diligence on their prospective agent first. This includes ensuring they are a member of a redress scheme and have CMP.”

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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