Paul Shamplina has spent over 25 years in the legal field helping landlords with problem tenants, with previous experience working as a clerk, private investigator, debt collector and certified bailiff.
In 1999, he set up Landlord Action to put this expertise to good use, specialising in fixed-fee property recovery and tenant eviction in England and Wales. He has acquired a reputation as “The Landlord’s Friend” and in 2015 co-wrote a book with fellow property expert, Kate Faulkner, to help landlords manage their properties.
Paul is a down to earth Londoner with a great sense of humour who has helped thousands of landlords. He travels the country speaking, giving advice and carrying out regular seminars to landlords and letting agents. Paul believes passionately in the rights of landlords (and tenants where necessary), and campaigns tirelessly to improve standards throughout the private rented sector. He was particularly instrumental in the law which made squatting a criminal offence from September 2012.
With his genial personality and expert knowledge, Paul is a natural for television. He has appeared in numerous productions including: BBC’s Breakfast, War at the Door, Meet The Landlords, Inside Out and The One Show, ITV’s Tenants From Hell, Channel 4 News and most recently, Channel Five’s hit series ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ (2015 & 2016). For three months, Paul also co-hosted the ‘The Property Hour’ with Clive Bull on LBC Radio.
Paul has featured in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian and Daily Mail, as well as numerous other national, regional and local newspapers, offering expert advice and highlighting the plights and success stories within his field. Reported success stories include Paul’s recovery of £90,000 rent arrears in a single case and seeing notorious serial subletting scammer, Rose Chimuka, brought to justice.
Recently, Paul gave evidence to a cross-party Parliamentary Group on the private rented sector in relation to retaliation evictions as part of The Deregulation Act 2015, and he is currently on a Government Think-Tank on speeding up the eviction process. He also sits on the Advisory Council for The Property Redress Scheme.
In the late ‘90s, Kate left a highly successful career in sales and marketing for large Blue Chips to pursue her passion for property. Since then, she has established herself as an independent market analyst and consultant to the industry, while also working with the public to help people carry out their property projects successfully.
She has bought, sold and rented 13 times, introduced new on-line products for the industry, re-branded and prepared for the launch the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon and worked with developers to carry out part-exchange services. She now divides her time between consumer education and consulting with the renting and letting/property investment sector, from high-street agents to government departments.
On a monthly basis, Kate summarises what’s happening to property prices and rents across the UK and analyses the impact this has on both consumers and the industry. She also keeps her Propertychecklists’ subscribers up to date with regular newsletters in response to developments within the property sector.
Kate has written seven property books, including the Which? Essential Property Guides, and is regularly featured on television and radio as an expert property market commentator. Her appearances have included BBC Breakfast, Your Money, 5Live, GMTV, Radio 4 You & Yours and The Big Questions. She has degrees in Economics and Marketing, plus an MBA, and is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.