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New TV show to highlight all sides of buy-to-let system

Monday 09 April 2018

A new TV show called ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’ aired last week on Channel 5.

Following on from the success of 'Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords', the new six part series tells stories from all sides of the buy-to-let system, including unruly tenants who refuse to pay their dues and rogue landlords who have failed to live up to their responsibilities.

Last week’s show featured English teacher Muhammad Rahman, a landlord who had suffered from serious financial difficulty, as his tenant refused to pay rent for over four months.

The situation is made even worse when Rahman discovered that his single tenant had been subletting rooms in his property.

Unfortunately, the agent responsible for placing the tenant was rogue letting agent Carterstones in Ilford, Essex, which is no longer trading.

Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action which featured in the show, said: “Mr Rahman fell victim not just to a rogue letting agent, but also a rogue tenant, which made this case particularly distressing.

“With mounting rent arrears and a mortgage to pay, Muhammad and his family were forced to live in cramped conditions in one small room at his brother’s house along with his brother’s family, including four children, and take a second job to cover the costs.

“This was part of an organised sub-letting gang, and when we discovered the sub-tenants hidden in a room upstairs during the High Court eviction, the atmosphere became particularly hostile.

“The police were called and the matter was dealt with, but I hope this scene acts as a reminder to landlords not to try and deal with situations like this without seeking professional help.”

The next episode will air on Thursday.

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