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Channel Five bosses have agreed the eye-opening first series of ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ has only scratched the surface of the issues faced when the relationships between landlords and tenants break down. With the last episode in the current series due to air on Wednesday 29th July, a second series featuring Landlord Action has been commission and will be broadcast in March 2016.
The final episode in the current series features a case that causes one landlord to take the decision that his buy-to-let dream is over. Dad of three, Steve Bull, bought his first buy-to-let property four years ago with the intention of his children benefiting from the investment in years to come. Eight months ago a new tenant moved in. She was late paying rent from the outset and has now amassed rent arrears totaling over £5,000. Steve entrusts the help of Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action get rid of the tenant for good but the disruption and worry the incident has caused to Steve and his family sees him ready to sell up and move on.
Founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina says: “As the buy to let market grows, with more people expected to rent than own property with a mortgage by 2025, naturally the level of complaints relating to tenancies will follow. No amount of legislation will ever be able to eradicate problematic tenancies, so education is the only way to help reduce this. ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ isn’t aimed at putting people off either letting or renting property but highlights some of the scenarios which can arise so both tenants and landlords can protect themselves in advance.”
The first series has been a huge success reaching viewing levels of 1.5 million. Channel 5 has now asked Landlord Action to take part in the second longer series. “We’re not only pleased that the show has been a success but that the failings of both landlords and tenants are highlighted and the distress it can cause felt by the audience. Reading about such stories in the newspapers doesn’t evoke the same emotion and hopefully it will encourage future landlords and tenants to take measures to protect themselves.”
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