9:17 AM, 1st October 2020, About A year ago
Tonight at 10pm Channel 5 on Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords we have 3 stories.
Out of the shadows of our overstretched housing market a new breed of dodgy letting agents has emerged who target small landlords and tenants alike. Dealing with these cases on behalf of landlords has become a part of my job.
Like millions of other Britons, when Susan and Gary Bailey decided to make an investment for their future, they thought a buy-to-let property would be their safest option. The couple were approached by a letting agent with a too-good-to-be-true promise of hassle-free, guaranteed rent. Having agreed to let through him, the Baileys very quickly began having serious doubts when they discovered his website was a copycat of a legitimate agency. However, before they were able to back out, the unscrupulous letting agent broke into their house and changed the locks. Now Susan and Gary can only look on powerless, as their home is carved into bedrooms and new tenants are moved in.
Monwara and Mohammed hired a letting agency who to their shock have been pocketing their tenant’s rent. Getting nowhere they decide to confront the agents face to face. But with a new company name above the door, the employees claiming ignorance and a violent confrontation, the landlords are left out in the cold.
Magazine Director Daniel Chira thought his property in Romford was in safe hands with a local managing agent, however the agency has stopped paying rent, despite having guaranteed it in the contract. Daniel has instructed us to try and recover his property and missing rent. Forced to confront them face to face, Daniel is determined to get some answers and his house back.
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