Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner release latest edition of their book, The Landlord’s Friend

Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner release latest edition of their book, The Landlord’s Friend

Today, with more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, two well-known names in the world of property, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined forces to co-write a new version of their book ‘The Landlord’s Friend’. Its aim is to help both novice and seasoned landlords navigate their way through the ever-changing Private Rented Sector (PRS) with an A-Z of legal advice and practical tips.

Paul Shamplina is a landlord and eviction specialist and is featured on Channel 5’s ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’, he’s been helping landlords for over 25 years and is the Founder of Landlord Action. Kate Faulkner has written a number of property books for Which?, is considered one of the UK’s leading Buy to Let experts and appears regularly in the media talking about the property market and key issues affecting investors.

With this book, the pair have pooled their extensive experience to help property investors successfully navigate the business of Buy to Let, from those just considering making an investment through to experienced landlords. The book has 50 chapters divided into three sections: 1. Preparing for successful letting: 2. Letting your property: 3. Running your portfolio the right way.

“It’s hard to believe that it was nearly five years ago that Kate and I first published ‘The Landlord’s Friend’, and today, landlords have never needed a friend more. The Buy-to-Let landscape has changed vastly during this time, particularly with the constant changes to tax and now Section 21, meaning small landlords are seriously having to think whether they want to stay in the sector. However, I think it’s important to remind people that demand is still extremely strong, with the PRS making up 21% of our total housing sector and predicted to rise to 24% by 2021. All of these people need somewhere to live, and the government is under pressure to support a more professional sector which provides a safe environment for tenants. There is still very much a place for landlords who take their legal and moral responsibilities seriously, so we want to help landlords stay profitable while ensuring they do it the right way” says Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action.

Kate Faulkner, Managing Director of Propertychecklists.co.uk, adds:

“Landlords are going through a tough time just now. Not only are they being hit by increased taxes, the changes in legislation to the Private Rented Sector are coming in thick and fast, with Local Authorities able to find landlords who make mistakes up to £30,000 for each breach. Meanwhile, tenants’ expectations of being delivered a beautiful home to live in rather than a temporary place to stay are increasing. The latest version of ‘The Landlord’s Friend’ helps to equip both new and existing landlords with the information they need to invest and run a buy to let property successfully.”

The 2019 Edition of ‘The Landlord’s Friend’ is available to buy on Amazon now.

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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