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    #46
    Yes, the case of the poor guy who was forced out of his one and only home was dreadful. There really are some absolute scumbags out there. It was disgraceful that the police took the side of the trespassers. Then, to cap it all, these parasites were given full legal representation in the county court, including a barrister - presumably from the public purse.

    The case of the house that was put up for sale, and had someone living in it within hours, was interesting. It looked to me as if the man living there was the one who had broken in and changed the locks. He never supplied any proof that he was the innocent victim of a scammer. If any normal person had actually paid rent to a fraudster, wouldn't he stop paying rent and help the genuine owner to take legal action against the fraudster as soon as he discovered what had happened? I don't think that he would treat the owner of the house as the bad guy and the fraudster as his landlord.

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      #47
      In both cases, ordinarily, you'd be able to call the police and have interlopers ejected. How clever then to claim a mysterious tenancy agreement, and say that they are victims of an evil 'landlord'. Of course, TPTB are so sh*t scared of infringing tenants' rights that they give them the benefit of the doubt.

      Edit: BTW, haven't you got to wonder about the honesty of a legal aid barrister who is happy to represent such people at public expense without bothering to make any enquiries about the truth of the case?

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        #48
        You do wonder though, how much of this 'gutter TV' is staged - or at the least manipulated, like the Jeremy Kyle show, to appeal to the worst instincts of the viewers. It's insidious really - it is so easy to get sucked into it and start thinking that a majority of tenants and landlords behave like this, when of course they don't. It just makes for more salacious viewing. Cheap to make, too, compared with real documentary journalism.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #49
          Totally agree, JKO. In the case of the police, it's unthinking political correctness; they automatically take the side of the poor, abused "tenants", even though there is no evidence that they are genuinely tenants, and the "landlord" gets pushed out of his flat and has to sleep in the shed.

          Some barristers clearly have no more conscience than their dodgy clients.

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            #50
            Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
            You do wonder though, how much of this 'gutter TV' is staged - or at the least manipulated, like the Jeremy Kyle show, to appeal to the worst instincts of the viewers. It's insidious really - it is so easy to get sucked into it and start thinking that a majority of tenants and landlords behave like this, when of course they don't. It just makes for more salacious viewing. Cheap to make, too, compared with real documentary journalism.
            Just how could that programme have been staged? If the opponents had anything relevant to say, they had plenty of opportunities. All that the camera does is give the people involved enough rope to hang themselves, be it a nightmare "tenant" or the owner of a property. Tell me, have you ever allowed an acquaintance to sleep in your house for a few days because they claimed to have nowhere to go? Did they repay you by letting others into your property and taking it over. Clearly, that can happen. It's good to be aware of possible consequences, so that you can take action as soon as things start to go awry.

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              #51
              Watching again tonight. Still no-one seems to have heard of a s21 notice...

              Or maybe they have, but fouled up the deposit protection. Did the last couple (with the daughter in Spain) remind anyone of Little Britain characters: Ting Tong and Mr Dudley?

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-J5KUtGlpA

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                #52
                Anyone watching tonight?

                I just saw the council officer who found forty people in one house put the landlord under so much pressure, that he is now willing to let the council sublet it.

                Talk about 'out of the frying pan and into the fire'.

                Regarding the mother & daughter whose tenant owed £8000, I was amazed to see the judge order the tenant to leave immediately rather than give him 14 days. Maybe these judges have been watching the programme and realised how foolish they looked up to now.

                Edit: They are £18000 down. That means it cost them £2000 for the eviction specialists. I can't imagine why it still took a further five months though.

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                  #53
                  This weeks episode was terrifying, in particular the letting agent that kept breaking into the landlords house!

                  Interesting that the police refused to get involved, even when he had forcibly entered the property.

                  It did leave me wondering why anyone would sign up with an agency and THEN takes a look online to see if they're legit *facepalm*

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                    #54
                    Anyone watching tonight? I have to say I am warming to Ozzie the council lady. I think she is quite sexy when she looses her temper with people.

                    Could you believe the guy on his third lot of bailiffs though, throwing kitchen appliances down the stairs?

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                      #55
                      I can't believe how gullible the Lancashire letting agent is... The tenant said he would replace the damaged doors. Instead he pulled off all the kitchen cupboard doors as well.

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                        #56
                        Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                        I can't believe how gullible the Lancashire letting agent is... The tenant said he would replace the damaged doors. Instead he pulled off all the kitchen cupboard doors as well.
                        Gullible Paul strikes again tonight.

                        Gives aggressive tenant a week to organise a house meeting to get housemates to agree he can stay. No-one shows up!

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                          #57
                          Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                          I can't believe how gullible the Lancashire letting agent is... .
                          Well, I think he keeps a cool head while the tenants are provoking and insulting him. He has to try and agree something with tenants even though he knows its likely to fail. He can't do anything else on camera!

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