Squatters case highlights tenant eviction problems

He also pleaded guilty to a further fraud charge and obtaining money by deception in an unrelated incident.

His wife was given a ten-month sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting two counts of fraud.

In response to this high-profile case, Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action said: "We have evicted many professional bad tenants over the years who simply go from one property to another duping landlords into renting their properties whilst having no intention of paying.

"In my opinion this couple are most probably a worst case scenario as they knew their victims and charmed them into believing that they would purchase their properties.

"They coaxed their way into the property by promising to pay the rent until the purchase of the property was completed, but the couple didn’t pay and, what with the downturn in the property market, cost their victims thousands in unpaid rent, a loss of sale and left them with legal fees.

"The worst case of a serial bad tenant that we have dealt with conned five landlords and owed a combined total of £120,000."

Landlord Action

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