Landlord Action Exposes Rogue Tenants on ITV's ‘Nightmare Tenants’

publication date: Aug 26, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property and Author of Which? Property Books

Landlord Action Exposes Rogue Tenants on ITV's ‘Nightmare Tenants’

Landlord Action’s founder, Paul Shamplina, will be heavily appearing on ITV Tonight’s programme ‘Nightmare Tenants’ on Thursday 26th August. Paul will not only be commenting on a number of ongoing cases where landlords are owed thousands of pounds relating to unpaid rent but will also be trying to expose these ‘rogue’ tenants in front of the camera to the nation.

The programme is set to highlight some of the financial issues that landlords can experience when they rent their property out to a nightmare tenant, and will be mainly doing so by using three cases that Landlord Action are currently acting on, including their biggest rent arrears case to date.

Of any calculation, rent arrears are an increasingly common problem for Landlord Action. Paul comments: “From dealing with thousands of cases over our ten years of trading we have seen a huge increase in the last 18 months of landlords instructing us to carry out an eviction on their tenants who have not been paying the rent. This is mainly due to the recession as we have seen more amateur landlords enter the market who may not have the knowledge about buy-to-let and have therefore not done their tenant checks properly, opening themselves up to these potential problems.”

As well as this, Paul says that there are problems with regards to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) system with tenants keeping the rent, “Under current laws payments are made direct to the tenant and we have also seen a rise in possession actions against tenants who have withheld rent and not passed it on to the landlord.”

Paul has therefore also been filmed undertaking two evictions on LHA tenants who owe thousands of pounds. “Unfortunately, some cases can be an example of a tenant having their own problems and it can be upsetting to see, as was the situation with this last case.” says Paul.

The programme also draws attention to a closed case where after the landlord had taken back possession of their property they discovered that the tenant had actually stolen the conservatory. This is to underline an extraordinary situation that has happened to one innocent landlord.

Paul Shamplina, Landlord Action

Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action
Tel: 0208 906 3838

Landlord Action is a UK based organisation helping landlords and property professionals deal with problem tenants.

Founded in 1999 as the first ever fixed-fee tenant eviction specialist, they revolutionised this area of legal practice. They have acted in over 16,000 problem tenant cases and are considered the authority in this field. Unlike solicitors, Landlord Action will not act for tenants, only landlords.

Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action and has more than 20 years experience in the legal field, originally working as a clerk, private investigator, debt collector and certified bailiff.  He has appeared regularly on TV and radio and travels the country speaking, giving advice and presenting “How to avoid a bad tenant” seminars.  He believes passionately in the rights of the landlord and is always available for comment on any landlord/tenant related matters.

Landlord Action run a free advice line to help landlords and property professionals understand their rights: 0845 881 0011.

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