Referencing fraud getting more common and sophisticated, claims TV show star

first_imgA tenant who tricked a third-party referencing company used by a letting agent into believing she earned £54,000 a year has ended up costing the landlord involved £10,000 in lost rent and eviction costs, it has been revealed.Although not that unusual, eviction specialist Paul Shamplina says the case featured in last night’s episode of Channel 5 show ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ is a good example of the increasing sophistication and frequency of rent fraud.It also highlights the increasing number of holes in the referencing system, gaps which several letting agents have been warning recently are getting wider following the tenant fees ban.The case of widowed pensioner and landlord Marilyn Hunter (picture, above) featured in the programme told the ten-month long and harrowing story of her fight to evict a tenant from her rented house in Godstone, Surrey.The tenant had fallen behind with the rent, was subletting rooms in the house and, it later transpired, had used sophisticated techniques to pass referencing.This included registering fake businesses at Companies House which listed the tenant as a director.“Sometimes landlords think they have taken all the necessary precautions but still end up in a difficult situation,” says Shamplina (left).“Technology has made it easier for people to falsify documents, which is why letting agents and referencing companies need to invest in even smarter technology which improves fraud detection.“Landlords should also ask questions, ask to see the full referencing report and take time to grill down any information which does not appear to stack up.”Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords on Channel 5, Mondays at 9pm.Landlord Action Nightmare Tenants Paul Shamplina Channel 5 July 9, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » Crime » Referencing fraud getting more common and sophisticated, claims TV show star previous nextRegulation & LawReferencing fraud getting more common and sophisticated, claims TV show starPaul Shamplina of Landlord Action says case revealed during last night’s ‘Nightmare Tenants’ show illustrates huge problems facing landlords and letting agents.Nigel Lewis9th July 201901,552 Viewslast_img read more

All-Star Chris Cornell Tribute Adds Fiona Apple, Josh Homme, Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, More

first_imgOn January 16th, 2019, an all-star cast of musicians will honor the memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.Event organizers have added Fiona Apple, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, Miguel, and Brandi Carlile have been added to the impressive lineup.Billed as “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” the tribute show will also feature members of Cornell’s three most notable bands—Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog—several of whom are now best known as members of other groups like Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine.In addition, the special tribute show will feature Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams. “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” will be hosted by late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF).Watch Chris Cornell And Eddie Vedder’s Final “Hunger Strike” Duet From Bridge School Benefit ’14Though the show comes almost two years after Cornell’s shocking suicide, the music world still feels the pains of his untimely death. In addition to countless live tributes by a bevy of artists, the Museum of Pop Culture in Chris Cornell’s native Seattle, WA recently unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of the grunge hero. Cornell’s estate also recently announced a new posthumous LP and retrospective box set simply titled Chris Cornell, which will be released on November 16th—the same day tickets to “I Am The Highway” go on sale.Tickets for “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” at The Forum are on sale now. For more information, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head here.last_img read more