Landlord Action to feature on ITV’s Tonight programme

Landlord Action to feature on ITV’s Tonight programme

15:41 PM, 16th March 2022, About 2 years ago 5

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This week, ITV turns its attention to the Private Rented Sector in Britain’s most popular current affairs programme Tonight, Losing Your Home: the True Cost, featuring Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina.

Tonight, which airs on Thursday 17 March at 8.30pm on ITV, is set to examine the Private Rented Sector where thousands of people risk losing their homes. The buy-to-let market has seen massive regulatory change, particularly during the pandemic with eviction suspensions and extended notice periods but, with the ban on bailiff-led evictions at an end and a growing cost of living crisis, there is a new wave of imminent evictions looming.

Paul Shamplina provides an exclusive insight into evictions and arrears by showing viewers the real-life eviction process as well as exposing the different elements that are causing the volume of possession claims to increase.

He takes along ITV’s Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt as he serves notice to a number of tenants, including one tenant living at a property in Harrow who had significant rent arrears, and an eviction in Hounslow featuring a tenant in serious arrears.

Hewitt also speaks to families struggling to pay rising rents.

Paul comments: “Possession claims for 2021 stood at approximately 40,000, but with current challenges such as the rise in the cost of living, increased rents, shortage of stock and changes to the housing benefit system, I predict this figure will at least double and we will see 80,000 plus claims issued for 2022. Social housing providers are also starting to issues claims again after two years holding off evicting tenants, so numbers are going to be pushed right up.

“The Tonight programme really portrays the level of claims we’re seeing right now, provides the reality of how both landlords and tenants alike are struggling and looks at what the government can do to help with this tougher economy in 2022 and beyond.”

Watch Paul Shamplina on Tonight on ITV Thursday 17 at 8.30pm.

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Seething Landlord

22:11 PM, 17th March 2022, About 2 years ago

The striking contribution was from Michael Gove who confirmed that Government will be fulfilling their manifesto commitment by legislating to abolish S21 and that: their threefold aim is:

1: to reduce the number of people living in the PRS
2: to have a healthy social renting sector
3: to help more into partial or full ownership.

Fasten your seat belts, we are in for a bumpy ride. Could he be contemplating some variety of "right to buy" for tenants in the PRS? That would help to achieve 1 & 3 and could be presented as a stroke of genius.

Mick Roberts

11:02 AM, 19th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 17/03/2022 - 22:11
And as usual, he'll make it worse & more expensive for tenants.

How's he ever gonna' reduce those in the PRS if they only building 6000 social homes a year.
And they never ever mention how they gonna' house the Benefit tenants who can't afford to buy.

Seething Landlord

11:38 AM, 19th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 19/03/2022 - 11:02
Whatever is being planned, if Gove is to be believed it will not encourage expansion of the PRS.


16:10 PM, 22nd March 2022, About 2 years ago

I had high hopes for this programme to have a balanced approach. What a wasted opportunity 🤦‍♀️. It was really simplistic and didn't get to the real facts, apart from saying there are too few council and social housing properties. They kept going on about banning Section 21 but that really doesn't help tenants. In fact banning it makes landlords more pissed off and more likely to sell their properties, thus exacerbating the rental shortage. There is no such thing as a 'no fault' eviction. Why would a landlord evict a good tenant unless they want to sell or renovate and they can still do that with a Section 8 anyway. Then they heavily featured problems of tenants where section 21 had no relevance to why they were being evicted. They also always make out that tenants have to leave immediately - as if the bailiff comes randomly and they have quickly to pack and leave. Yeah, it takes at least 9 months, actually, even if no rent is being paid and the contract is being flouted. They said nothing about the real reason why landlords are selling up in droves (which we all know about so not necessary to list it all again here) which is a big reason for the current rise in rents and lack of rental properties....that would be too politically sensitive. If Stamp Duty on second homes goes up to 4% that will be a big nail in the coffin with another huge disincentive to invest in rental property.

Old Mrs Landlord

16:59 PM, 22nd March 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by at 22/03/2022 - 16:10
Helen, where is the provision under Section 8 for a landlord who wishes or needs to sell a tenanted property to evict the tenant? I am not aware of any.

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