The new series of Slum Landlords, Nightmare Tenants is to return to TV this week after Channel 5 restarted releasing new episodes of the show’s sixth series.
The latest episode is due to air tomorrow (27th October) at 10pm and will feature Housing Enforcement Officer Sheetal Rajani (pictured) carrying out a series of surprise inspections in and around the London borough of Harrow.
This will include an investigation into a rat infestation made worse by two landlords unable to work out whose property is the source of the problem, including one who is unwilling to gain access.
Next week (3rd November) sees the return of Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina, who helps a landlord escape the clutches of a dodgy rent-to-rent or ‘guaranteed rent’ firm that failed to pass on rent and mismanaged his properties.
LandlordZONE looked into the firm, called RHP Lettings, last year after landlord Gulam Sumar asked for help to highlight his plight and to warn other people not to use its service.
Even after he spent several years and thousands of pounds regaining possession of his two properties, Sumar faced a repairs bill at the addresses totalling some £24,000 despite having spent £185,000 doing the properties prior to taking on RHP, cash he is unlikely to recoup.
Shamplina (pictured) says: “Guaranteed rent, or rent to rent, is becoming more and more common in the private rented sector as it offers a lower barrier to entry into the property market for would-be investors and a guaranteed rent with no hassle for landlords.
“But if the rent to rent arrangement is not carried out diligently, the landlord loses control of what is happening at their property, and this is where problems begin.”
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Watch the latest episodes of the show here.
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