Landlord has the last laugh

We regularly come across cases where tenants have fallen on hard times and rather than communicate with their landlord for fear of losing their home, they instead choose to avoid paying the rent until the landlord reaches breaking point and the end result is eviction. This is why we always try to encourage landlords that come to us asking for help with problem tenants, particularly cases with rental arrears, to try and engage in dialogue with their tenants and understand the reasons behind the lack of payment.  Sometimes this can be enough to save the professional relationship and work out a payment plan that suits everyone. After all, if a landlord has a tenant who has been in their property for some time and has taken good care of it, it can be more beneficial to be understanding and support the tenant to get back on course than to get...
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Evictions- Its a messy business

Last week I attended an eviction in East London with the Channel 5 film crew in tow.  This was not an ordinary case; the arrears were in excess of £20k as a result of rent not being paid for over 2 ½ years. The landlord was based overseas and had passed his portfolio of properties to be looked after by a property manager, who was clearly not up to the task.  They had allowed rent arrears to build up on several of his properties.  As a further blow to this landlord, he unfortunately instructed a fraudulent legal representative to carry out the evictions.  They did nothing for months and then absconded with the legal fees, leaving the landlord losing thousands of pounds worth of rent on his portfolio. One of the tenants in question tried to defend the case at the hearing on grounds of disrepair, but had not paid a...
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Property Expert, Paul Shamplina, helps mop up the mess of generation rent

    On 18th July, founder of tenant eviction specialists Landlord Action and leading property expert, Paul Shamplina, will be featuring in a one hour documentary, ‘Meet the Landlords’ on BBC 1, looking at the possibilities and pitfalls of being a ‘generation rent’ landlord.    Landlord Action, an organisation which has acted on more than 20,000 problem tenant cases, says the buy-to-let boom, which has lead to over 8.5 million people in the UK now living in a rented property, is the result of a cocktail of factors. These include; a lack of house building, less affordable housing, restricted funding in the mortgage market forcing more people to rent, tougher austerity measures leading to cuts on housing benefits, stagnant wages, increased cost of living and rising unemployment.   The documentary will meet the new army of private landlords who are riding the rental boom, both making and losing money as they...
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"Relief for thousands of landlords thanks to Court of Appeal Rule" says Landlord Action

The Court of Appeal’s decision that rent paid in advance does not count as a deposit in the long-running case of Johnson v Old, will bring much welcomed relief to hundreds of landlords, according to Landlord Action.
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How to overcome problem tenants

  Although legislation exists to ensure that landlords are protected against the difficulties which problematic tenants can cause, these tenants can still cause a great deal of inconvenience, stress and financial cost to property owners. There are of course a number of common sense preventative measures which landlords can take before deciding on a tenant and during their tenancy. These include procedures such as: Initially, choose tenants carefully (using references, credits checks etc.) Keeping an inventory of items (and the condition of these items) in the property Arranging for rent to be paid via a standing order or direct debit Repairing maintenance problems quickly and efficiently Making regular to visits to the property, upholding a good relationship with the tenants However, in some cases even if these techniques are adhered to landlords can still find themselves in a stressful situation when they have problem tenants in one (or several) of...
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Paul Shamplina named amongst 25 most influential people in property by Daily Telegraph

Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action and member of The Landlord Syndicate, has been placed fifteenth in a list of twenty-five of the most influential people in British property as reported by the Daily Telegraph. Other movers and shakers within the industry include well known property presenters Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, and even Prince Charles.
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Landlord Action welcomes Government clarification of the deposit protection law

Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, the leading legal services company helping landlords with problem tenants, comments on planned Government changes to the current deposit protection law. Mr Shamplina comments “These are very welcome changes to the tenancy deposit legislation allowing landlords and agents to file the deposit within 30 days of receipt, compared to the current 14 days.  Still at Landlord Action, we experience many landlords that do not know or understand the deposit scheme when instructing us to carry out an eviction of their bad tenant, but hopefully this will go some way to clarifying this to landlords. “I am also in favour of the abolition of the mandatory three month penalty to landlords if the deposit is not correctly registered. We have seen a huge rise in the number of tenants making applications to the court in an attempt to gain three times the deposit with one...
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Landlord Action deliver petition against squatting

Landlord Action, an organisation specialising in helping landlords with problem tenants, has delivered a petition signed by 1400 people to 10 Downing Street, in an effort of criminalise squatting.
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Serial bad tenants continue to plague landlords

  Landlord Action, an organisation specialising in tenant eviction, has successfully gained possession of a property after one landlady’s six month battle against a serial offending tenant, which had severe consequences. It highlights once again the crucial need to carry out thorough tenant referencing to avoid falling victim of unscrupulous tenants and the consequences if you don’t.   In August 2010, landlady Mrs Finberg used a local letting agent to rent out her two bedroom apartment in the Borough of Barnet. From the outset, Mrs Finberg was the victim of a rogue tenant who, after paying two months’ rent upfront, failed to make any further payments and went about making ‘decorative’ changes to the property without permission, even though it stated in the agreement that this was not permitted. Mrs Finberg comments “he painted walls and odd cupboard doors, took down radiators, ripped out a sink detaching a waste pipe...
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Landlords should get web ratings, says consumer group

Tenants should have a rating website on which they can share their experiences of landlords, a consumer body has said.
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Tenants from hell!

Bribing inventory clerks, growing cannabis plants in the airing cupboard and building an extension without permission – these are just a few eyebrow-raising crimes allegedly committed by UK property tenants in the last 12 months. The survey of 40 UK inventory clerks has uncovered a litany of damage, disastrous decorating and petty theft stories – enough to make landlords and property agents wince. The research – complied by The Video Inventory Agency (TVIA) – has highlighted the ‘top 10’ worst tenant atrocities. Topping the list was an occupant who built a two storey extension without the landlord’s knowledge or planning permission. Cases where tenants have tried to bribe clerks not to report damage also featured strongly, whilst one inventory clerk reported finding cannabis in the airing cupboard of a doctor’s flat – he claimed it was for ‘medicinal purposes’. Landlord and property investor Frazer Fearnhead, who founded TVIA last year, said:...
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Tenants who wont pay and Solicitors who want fees to evict them

At Landlord Action, we are always very supportive of organisations that provide good quality information that is helpful to landlords. This is why I have decided to team up with JustDoProperty as a mentor for landlords who have issues with problem tenants. This month, I would like to introduce to you what it is I do. It didnt take long for a group of landlords to agree, there are too many tenants who wont pay. Too many solicitors who want fees to evict them, and the process seems to take forever. Many solicitors lack knowledge about the process and were unable to provide a set fee for reclaiming lost rents or evicting tenants. The prices quoted usually include hourly rates, and almost all the solicitors wanted funds on account ranging from £400 to £1000 without any indication of how long the process would take and if there would be any additional...
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Tenant Buyers, Breaking through the glass ceiling, The protected Lease Option, new expert writers

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