Evictions ‘in crisis’ warns industry expert and TV star

Paul Shamplina says recent high-profile case involving a celebrity landlord highlights how many landlords are waiting a year to evict problem tenants.

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Letting agents and landlords face an evictions system in crisis, it has been claimed with many waiting over a year to evict problem tenants.

The claims have been made by Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action who says many landlords, including one celebrity his firm is representing, are experiencing long waits just to secure a court date, let alone obtain possession orders.

And once possession orders are granted, further delays occur in receiving the sealed court order necessary to proceed with an eviction, and availability of court bailiffs to do the evictions has been at an all-time low.

Reneé Hoenderkamp Shamplina has been working with celebrity health expert Dr Renée Hoenderkamp, who filed an eviction notice in January 2023 because her tenant was not paying rent and had damaged her property.

She reveals that thirteen months later she is still waiting for a bailiff appointment, a situation Shamplina says is an example of the ‘broken’ evictions system landlords face.

“It’s a system in crisis, says Shamplina. “The inefficiencies within the court system are causing undue hardship for landlords who simply wish to exercise their legal rights.”

Hoenderkamp says: “I have always been very fair allowing the tenant to pay below market value rent, attending to any issues with the property and this is what I have got in return.


“The property is trashed and I can’t even get it back to start making the repairs. When I contacted the helpline, I was told by Willesden County Court that they can’t chase for a bailiff appointment until it has been 17 weeks. It’s an absolute disgrace.”

Shamplina says Hoenderkamp, like many landlords, is not using a Section 21 ‘no fault’ notice to regain her property, but a Section 8 notice because the tenant has breached their tenancy agreement.

“And yet landlords are still being forced to wait months and months to get their properties back” adds Shamplina.

“The imbalance between the rights of landlords and tenants is becoming increasingly apparent, with landlords bearing the brunt of administrative inefficiencies.”

Shamplina says the looming abolition of Section 21, which provides landlords with a no-fault eviction option, is poised to exacerbate these issues further.


“Without adequate resources allocated to the court system, the backlog of possession cases is likely to escalate, leaving both landlords and tenants in limbo,” he says.

“Surely, it’s time for substantive reforms, including the option for landlords to employ High Court Enforcement Officers in cases of significant arrears exceeding six months, mitigating the backlog and ensuring a balanced, effective resolution mechanism for both landlords and tenants.”

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  1. This does not help the good tenants which thankfully are the vast majority as many landlords waiting this length of time have debts caused by no rent and simply sell up. Result yet fewer properties to rent. Come on Rishi sort this mess out good tenants cannot find homes help the landlords move the bad ones on. Perhaps a bad tenant register is one answer.

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