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 tonight, a second series featuring eviction specialists Landlord Action has been commissioned 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.
Steve Bull bought his first buy-to-let property four years ago with the intention of his children benefitting from the investment in years to come. Eight months ago a new tenant moved in, has been consistently late paying the rent and has now amassed rent arrears totalling more than £5,000.
Bull entrusts the help of Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action to evict the tenant but the disruption and worry the incident has caused Bull and his family mean he is ready to sell up and move on.
“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,” said Shamplina, “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.”