In this week’s episode of Channel 5’s ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’, Landlord Action tackles two very different eviction cases, one involving an illegal sub-let by a ‘professional’ scam artist, the other which sees a favour turn into a family feud.
In the first case, young landlord Han Yip discovers his West London flat is being illegally sublet to three unsuspecting students. They have been paying thousands of pounds to live in an exclusive part of London, but their rent is being pocketed by the man who posed as the legitimate tenant. Flaunting his seemingly ‘flashy’ life on Instagram and showing off about his ‘property business empire’, he is in fact a scam artist, who has spent time in a US prison on fraud charges.
Calling on the help of Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, Han Yip is determined to expose the rogue tenant and reclaim his debts. Paul comments: “Han Yip was very unlucky. He had done everything correctly, from using a professional letting agent to carrying out thorough referencing. Unfortunately, this particular fraudster had changed the spelling of his name among other tricks to slip through referencing. Illegal sub-letting is becoming something of an epidemic in London and more needs to be done to prevent cases like these.”
In the second case, Landlord Action is called upon to help end an unusual family disagreement. Three years ago, Sade Ademoye took pity on her cousin Kirk, who was in dire straits after his divorce. Agreeing to temporarily let a room to him in her elderly mother’s home, Sade also gave him a cheap rate. But after her mother passed away, he refused to leave. With this family feud turning acrimonious, Sade also turns to help from Paul and his team to evict her cousin.
“This tenant took advantage of his cousin’s late Mother and took over the property, even though the agreement was only to rent a room. He then refused to leave. These stories, and others throughout the series, demonstrate the diversity of cases that we have to deal with at Landlord Action and the reasons landlords look to gain possession. It is rarely non-fault but often landlords feel powerless and turn to eviction as an absolute last resort.”
Watch Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords on Channel 5, Mondays at 9pm
About Landlord Action
Landlord Action is a UK based organisation helping landlords, letting agents and other property professionals. As a champion for landlords, it has campaigned extensively and was instrumental in getting the law changed to make squatting a criminal offence.
It was founded in 1999 as the first ever fixed-fee tenant eviction specialist, they revolutionised this area of legal practice. They have now acted in more than 35,000 problem tenant cases and are considered the authority in this field.
Landlord Action run a free advice line to help landlords and property professionals understand their rights: 0333 321 9415