Series 1 - Episode 2

Cowboy Traders

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Melinda rescues a mother from her 'home from hell', while Dom's investigation quickly uncovers a trail of other tenants living in squalid conditions.

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  • Demand_FIVE

    over 1 year ago

    Demand_FIVE

    Due to a legal issue this episode has been withdrawn from Demand 5. We hope to make it available at a later date.

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  • broocaNeava

    11 months ago

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  • Darren

    almost 2 years ago

    Darren

    Were landlords for a place we bought, despite receiving rent from the tenant only sent a small fraction of it to us, now refusing to return calls. Con Men.

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  • Isabelle Noakes

    almost 2 years ago

    Isabelle Noakes

    Charging repairs are horrific for the elderly. More should be done to protect and advise them against these cowboys. I can't tell you how much it's cost me since having a powered wheelchair - even to call for help costs £55 without any work being done.As for the rest I dread havig to ask for it.Carry on the good work Dom!

  • David Matthews

    almost 2 years ago

    David Matthews

    Hi i have just watched tonights episodeand that is not nice that there are people out there, that do things like this to people with mobility problems i am 42 years old and i am in a wheel chair my self i have not come across any one like this at the min and i dont want to, it would be very nice to meet melinda and don. I do like to watch your program i use to be in the building trade my self and had to spot cos of my illness many thanks.

  • donnamaria

    almost 2 years ago

    donnamaria

    This program, whilst commendable for exposing unscrupulous traders, always ends up blagging freebies from small businesses who are probably struggling in the middle of a recession. These freebies are to cheer up those people who have been conned. All very nice. However, what about these businesses? We are all struggling to make ends meet. Some of these freebies are expensive - a caravan, a hot tub, mobility scooters, furniture. Melinda approaches a company, relays the saga to them and then asks if the company can give them stuff for free. I wonder if Melinda and Dom are doing this program for free or if they are being paid a wage.

  • christina

    almost 2 years ago

    christina

    This programs opens your mind up to grotty letting agencies and shows anyone who is thinking of letting to make sure they are a good agencie before moving in and yet again this was heart warming program thanks again Don and Melinda

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  • lynsey

    almost 2 years ago

    lynsey

    Why would you let your son sleep in a damp room!!! if you dont like the house you live in, move! i have when ive been unhappy with a house i rent and landlord wont do anything, amd im as hard up as the next person when it comes yo it but you just find a way! i was moved by tonights episode however when the elderly couple got the retirement home in france the deserved.

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  • DebbieS

    2 years ago

    DebbieS

    This programme would be far better if it actually empowered people to take legal action against the landlord through the courts, instead of the presenters trying to be fairy godparents and helping the victims in a very paternalistic way. People watching this program in a similar position need to know what to do (tactics) in dealing with such landlords and to know that they have 'rights' and can use them in a court of law. Channel 5 should stop thinking about this program just as entertainment and start dealing with this subject in a socially responsible way. Channel 5 get some good advice from Shelter or Citizens Advice Bureau before you do your next program - pleeeease! Also there are some really good legal advisers and advocates who work in these organisations, who could do a lot better than Dom and Melinda, with bags of personality and charisma and could actually get some decent results which mean something. Dom and Mel are out of their depth and expertise when dealing with rogue landlords. Please use presenters who know what to say and do! The result would be a really interesting TV program.

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  • Gareth

    2 years ago

    Gareth

    what did she expect for £200 u get what you pay for, what was she expecting

  • Stewart

    2 years ago

    Stewart

    I think the programme did it's bit but was very lame What people want is help- the program can't help everyone but should be able to point tenants in the right direction As I live in Scotland I have to comment that the programme missed some valuable points; 1. Landlord registration is MANDATORY in Scotland 2. If a landlord fails to meet certain repair standards there is a Scottish Government body that can FORCE the landlord to carry out repairs 3. The landlord can be removed from the register of landlords and it becomes illegal for them to collect rentals anywhere in Scotland The Scottish GOVERNMENT website is www.phrpscotland.gov.uk Tenants have more rights than they are aware of ps I also agree that there are rogue tenants as well- there are some bad apples in every barrel

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  • nicolalou

    2 years ago

    nicolalou

    i think cowboy traders is a sick program by the way it means cool fr the ons who dnt kw

  • NSGNT

    2 years ago

    NSGNT

    Moderator - are you on medication ? you approve posts then you take them out - im out of here C5 = Censorship 5

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  • hacked off landlord

    2 years ago

    hacked off landlord

    hmm, what about a programme on rogue tenants - those who don't bother to pay rent or for gas, electricity etc, trash your house and then disappear overnight leaving you to foot the bill. These people are serial renters, they know all the tricks and the law is on their side all the way. It takes ages to get them out and they know it. They usually have decent credit too because you can't get a ccj if you don't know where they are, so they can just move on to sponge off the next unsuspecting landlord.

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  • Rob

    2 years ago

    Rob

    The programme missed at trick. Every Council in someway shape or form will have Environmental Health Officers who specialise in housing standards within the Private Housing Sector. These officers have a raft of legislation to deal with empty, dangerous and substandard housing conditions that are prejudicial to health as shown in the programme. Landlords/ letting agents can be legally required to do these works and if they don't comply they can be prosecuted and/ or pay for the works which will have been completed by the Council in default. Any tenant suffering substandard conditions should contact their local Council requesting an inspection from a specialist Housing Environmental Health Officer....

  • Average Joe

    2 years ago

    Average Joe

    can i please ask : any chance for Embed code of this shows episode ? I/We love to paste it on our UK site or if outside IP's may watch it as well we love to post it on LandlordsaFromHell.com so hopefully other countries tv programs may follow. Regards ps : Moderator please pass it to the decision making person,

  • LucyK

    2 years ago

    LucyK

    I am not sure how the subject of this programme can be reported as such a surprise. If you are in receipt of housing benefits there is no point in trying lettings agencies as their credit checks require earnings. I am a carer, two sons and I went to every lettings agency in the area (and I do mean every one) .., I was told I'd fail their credit check in spite of having no bad debts, purely because I am not earning. I have no guarantor, so I had to find a landlord that would accept me. Needless to say, he's not the best landlord. I've had to replace my bathroom (2 damp walls, landlord said it would do, tap didn't work, waste pipes leaked and smelled, corner bath filled half of a small room and creaked alarmingly, tiling not completed - it all looks nice now and is free of mould), insulate the roof, removing a large amount of chimney removal rubble. I am lucky it was a mild winter, as it was the house was very cold. Half the radiators don't work, the hob doesn't work properly, the plumbing is useless. But I and the children have a roof over our heads.,. and I can't pay out another deposit and month's rent in advance. I have to top up the rent by £150 a month. I am unusual only in that I replaced the bathroom myself., the standard of house that is let to 'lower rental' people is by no means unusual. Neither is the type of landlord. Its slightly better than living on the streets and the landlords know that that is what is facing you if u don't live there.

  • Landlords From Hell

    2 years ago

    Landlords From Hell

    To Moderator - THANK YOU

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  • jade

    2 years ago

    jade

    Hiya well im just going through a situation like this and i just dunno wat to do can any one give me some tips please

  • Average Joe

    2 years ago

    Average Joe

    did you see landlords from hell you tube video

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  • Anonymous

    2 years ago

    Anonymous

    This programme hardly scratched the surface, you could do a full series on these people and still have material left over. Anon

  • Landlords From Hell

    2 years ago

    Landlords From Hell

    WELL DONE - THANK YOU keep up you good work, exploit them ALL

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  • SD Soprano

    2 years ago

    SD Soprano

    So if we want free furniture and homes kitted out for nothing, we can contact Dominic and Melinda?...how pathetic...there are millions of hardworking people who have to PAY for the upkeep of their homes and don't get anything for nothing...rubbish programme

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  • Hilary Cameron

    2 years ago

    Hilary Cameron

    This is why organisations like ARLA, NLA and NALS are pushing for regulation of the industry. In the meantime, tenants and prospective tenants should try to ensure that the agent / landlord is registered with one of these professional organisations.

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  • bigbertha

    2 years ago

    bigbertha

    I am made up that the programme was able to help those two young people its nice to see there is some decent pple left in the world who will help those in need wether melinda gets stuff for nothing she gets it if it was you for instance would you say no I dont think any of us who live in private homes wld turn any free help or furniture etc down

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  • natalie

    2 years ago

    natalie

    the houses they rent they charge so much and they not even liveable in it

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  • don

    2 years ago

    don

    i wish i could get some one to do my house thats rented of a landlord i have lived in a house with my now 16 year old son who as had to sleep in a bedroom full of damp i wish i would of know about this program i would of contacted them see if they could of moved me out of this damp dump i'am in.i have health problems because of this property ,the girl on tonights program crying thats been me for the last 16 years with this house i'am in now i pray every night that one day i will get the money together ONE of theys Days and be able to move to a better house,I can only hope and pray..

  • Tony

    2 years ago

    Tony

    This program promises much and delivers very little. I just watched no.2 about a bad letting agency. Despite all his huffing and angry stomping about, Dom as usual achieves nothing more than a little bad publicity for his target. Why doesn't he help organise a class action or something? Meanwhile Mel "personally" gives free stuff to some worthy subjects, and milks it for as many tears any hugs all round as are humanly possible. OK , this programme helps a couple of people usually by spending cash or blagging free stuff from local good hearted traders, but never does more than scratches the surface. If Dom wants to act the hard man , stop being such a pushover. Use the law, get some legal advisers (no doubt prepared to work for free for a little tv exposure) and actually beat the cowboys and get some compensation sorted or punishment at Her Majesty's pleasure. Sheesh! Rant over.

  • Roger Kenward

    2 years ago

    Roger Kenward

    good tv but rather than abortive attempts to interview a person guilty of criminal behaviour why do you not report that he will be reported to the authorities for action? Reports in programmes where fraudsters are not brought to book are infuriating

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  • Lesley Matthews

    2 years ago

    Lesley Matthews

    Surely this landlord should be reported to trading standards as he is not adhering to the landlords obligations under the housing act 1980. The program seems to be pointless unless action is actually taken by the appropriate authorities,which with the conditions shown is a no brainer .

  • claire good

    2 years ago

    claire good

    Why are you renovating slum lords houses? How long before they evict the tenant to benefit from the improvements?!? NOT money well spent.

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  • abbey

    2 years ago

    abbey

    Hav u watched it cause i cant

  • john rooney

    2 years ago

    john rooney

    if the woman was served a county court order and still has not paid, do what the program (The sherrif is coming) and get a high court writ, that will get there money

  • Mr Brian Lyus

    2 years ago

    Mr Brian Lyus

    nasty wicked people thank god all ended up great for thease poor people well done dom + mel sorted as usuall

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