Landlord Action report a significant rise in landlords wanting rid of bad tenants, with non payment of rent causing not only financial hardship but severe health problems.
Landlord Action, the National Landlord Association’s recognised supplier in tenant eviction, has reported a significant rise in the number of instructions they are receiving from landlords wanting rid of their bad tenants.
Paul Shamplina, Director of Landlord Action and former certified bailiff and private investigator, comments, “In city centres such as Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, where there is an increased supply of buy to let property, we have seen a rise, year on year, of 20% in the number of landlords contacting us to help them evict their tenants due to non payment of rent and, whilst numbers are on the increase, the length of time landlords are willing to give leeway to their tenants is decreasing.
There are an increasing number of tenants losing their jobs and paying the rent is not always at the top of their priorities. Being just one month late with the rent can lead to the landlord experiencing mortgage arrears and so they are doing everything in their power to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Our advice line for landlords has been overwhelmed with calls for assistance.”
However, it’s not only financial issues that are causing problems as Paul goes on to explain, “I have just completed some filming for BBC Breakfast News in which I was accompanied by a film crew when serving notice on a tenant who owed nearly £9,000 in rent on her property.
The landlord was a widow and mother of 3 who had bought the property to give herself an income when her husband died. She is now suffering from depression and is on antidepressants and painkillers due to her current situation. Her general health is not good and she told me her whole body was aching due to the stress.”
For the landlord, the process of tenant eviction in this climate can certainly feel like it is geared against them, “the courts...
are busy everywhere and some landlords are having to wait up to three months just to get a hearing date which means more lost rent.
The judges and bailiffs are inundated as, not only is there landlord and tenant eviction cases to deal with, house repossessions are at a 15 year high, thereby increasing the workloads and meaning the landlord has no choice but to sit in the queue and wait.”
Landlord Action is a UK based tenant eviction trouble shooting agency, focused on helping landlords with bad tenants, problem tenants and tenant evictions.
Landlord Action was set up by landlords for landlords, offering Landlords fixed fees to evict bad tenants nationwide, with a free advice line. Landlord Action have successfully evicted 13,000 bad tenants since the company started in 1999.
Paul Shamplina is co founder and co director 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.
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