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Founder of Landlord Action in 1999, helping Landlords and Letting Agents deal with problem tenants, Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, having dealt with over 35,000 cases.  He has acquired a reputation as “The Landlord’s Friend” and in 2015 co-wrote a book for landlords and is currently working on 2018 edition.  Regularly appears on TV and radio.  He appears on Channel 5’s hit series ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ currently filming a 4th series due out in 2018.  Paul also co-hosted the ‘The Property Hour’ with Clive Bull on LBC Radio.


Director and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser Insurance, owning brands My Deposits, The Property Redress Scheme, Client Money Protect and Total Landlord Insurance.


 

Landlord Action invites Housing Minister to “work together” on changes to possession process as 38% of landlords will consider selling up if Government scraps Section 21

Founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina, has written to the Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, inviting her to gain a greater understanding of the possession process before making drastic reforms.  This comes after a survey¹ carried out by Landlord Action has revealed that 38% of landlords will consider selling up if the Government goes ahead with plans to abolish Section 21.  A further 33% said they would only continue being a landlord with significant changes to Section 8. The Government has expressed a desire to encourage longer-term tenancies, which Landlord Action agrees makes sense for those that want them, such as families. However, with the current average tenancy life-span already four years and one month, and with approximately 90% of tenants ending tenancies themselves, there is growing concern that abolishing Section 21 is not the right approach to achieve this. According to the survey, 70% of landlords would be less willing...
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Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner release latest edition of their book, The Landlord’s Friend

Today, with more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, two well-known names in the world of property, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined forces to co-write a new version of their book ‘The Landlord’s Friend’.  Its aim is to help both novice and seasoned landlords navigate their way through the ever-changing Private Rented Sector (PRS) with an A-Z of legal advice and practical tips. Paul Shamplina is a landlord and eviction specialist and is featured on Channel 5's 'Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords', he's been helping landlords for over 25 years and is the Founder of Landlord Action. Kate Faulkner has written a number of property books for Which?, is considered one of the UK's leading Buy to Let experts and appears regularly in the media talking about the property market and key issues affecting investors. With this book, the pair have pooled their extensive experience...
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Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply

Yesterday (15th April 2019), the government has outlined plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 in a bid to end so called ‘no-fault’ evictions. Although this is not a surprise move, it is one that, if goes ahead as suggested (i.e. full abolition of Section 21), will be game-changing for the private rented sector. As I have said for many years, the vast majority of landlords only evict tenants as a last resort. At the end of the day, a landlord doesn’t let his property just so he can subsequently evict the tenant, there is always a reason, so the term no-fault is moot. When the property is let, it is an active decision made by the landlord. Unfortunately, circumstances change, for both landlords and tenants, but that’s what most people like about the PRS - its transient nature.  Removing the ability to evict with Section 21...
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Top ten tips to legally evict your tenant

There are a number of reasons why a landlord may need to evict a tenant in order to reclaim their property – you may for example wish to renovate or sell up, or the tenant could be failing to pay the rent or mistreating your property. Paul Shamplina, Brand Ambassador at Hamilton Fraser landlord insurance and founder of Landlord Action, emphasises that, while no landlord wants to take action against a tenant, if you find yourself needing to take back possession of your property the secret to success is to act quickly and legally. The longer you wait to serve notice on a tenant, the more rent you stand to lose. So, what are the key legal issues you need to be aware of? Long before any future eviction, it is important to ensure that your tenancy is legally compliant. Failure to do so could hinder any attempt to evict...
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Calls to scrap direct payments as Panorama reveals rent arrears double for Universal Credit claimants

On Monday 12th November, BBCs latest Panorama investigation focused on the impact of the controversial Universal Credit, and most crucially the housing element. The programme revealed the extent of the rent arrears problem as a result of changes to the benefits system. Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, together with Mick Roberts, one of the UK’s largest Housing Benefit landlords, join other industry experts in calling on the government to act now and scrap direct payments to tenants of the housing element of Universal Credit, before the situation worsens. Under the old system, housing allowance was paid direct to councils or private landlords. Now, in order to mirror the world of work and encourage people to be more independent, Universal Credit (UC) payments are made direct to claimants. However, when combined with the cuts in benefits, tenants are under increasing financial pressure, evidenced by the 55% rise in evictions of...
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Paul Shamplina's Latest podcast

In the latest episode of Hamilton Fraser’s podcast series Paul Shamplina, Director at Hamilton Fraser and Eddie Hooker, CEO at Hamilton Fraser, are joined by the Principal of Jeremy Leaf & Co Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, Jeremy Leaf. Jeremy has years of industry expertise, being a former RICS residential chairman, and started trading with Jeremy Leaf & Co in 1984. He has two offices in North and East Finchley. After bonding with Eddie over their mutual love for Arsenal Football Club, Jeremy, Paul and Eddie discuss whether you should buy or wait in the current climate, including top tips for first time buyers and where you can find the key property hotspots. They also discuss uncertainty in the market surrounding Brexit and how this may influence overseas investors. Jeremy also answers the £1m question on where he would invest this money in the property market Click here to listen...
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Latest podcast ‘Zero to Hero’ – Landlord Story

  Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, joins forces with industry specialist Hamilton Fraser for a series of monthly podcasts with practical tips for landlords and letting agents on how to better manage the renting process. Hamilton Fraser have over 20 years’ experience and are behind some of the private rented sector’s most well-known brands including the tenancy deposit protection scheme mydeposits, the Property Redress Scheme and Client Money Protect. Latest podcast ‘Zero to Hero’ – Landlord Story   In the latest podcast in the series, Paul and Eddie are joined by property educator, investor and landlord, Arden Hanley who discusses his ‘Zero to Hero’ story. Arden talks about how he started out as a landlord, how he operates and the top tips you should consider when becoming a portfolio landlord. As always, Paul and Eddie take a look at sector news, including ‘how to’ guides, three-year tenancies and the call for...
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