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Unscrupulous letting agents to be named and shamed on TV

Channel 5 has commissioned a third series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords with eviction specialist Landlord Action at the heart of the 12-part reality programme. 

As in the previous two series, the next will follow conflicts between landlords and tenants. Previous episodes have uncovered sub-letting scams, rent arrears cases and uninhabitable conditions. 

“Working closely with those landlords that have found themselves in extremely distressing situations, we will once again be exposing the most prevalent landlord/tenant issues. These include sub-letting scams, in particular those relating to the holiday rental market, retaliation eviction and more shocking rent arrears cases” said the founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina. 

He says that throughout more than 160 hours of filming, it became clear there were unscrupulous letting agents seen to withhold rent from landlords and deposits from tenants. 

“Letting or renting a property can be a complex business and one that is not without risk.  For this reason, it is important that we expose the rogue letting agent operators who are tarnishing the reputation of those good, trustworthy agents. The industry will be a better place once Client Money Protection is mandatory for all letting agents, ensuring landlords’ rent and tenants’ deposits are protected” says Shamplina.

The series is due to air from February.

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