Landlord disputes made the headlines through daytime TV, as Ex-Big Brother star Heavy D appeared on ITV courtroom show Judge Rinder on Monday as his case against his landlord was ruled against him.
The courtroom based show is centered around criminal barrister Robert Rinder, who oversees a variety of civil cases. On Monday’s show, Heavy D was ordered by Judge Rinder to pay £5,000 in damages against his former landlord after he trashed his rental flat in Enfield, North London.
The landlord in question, Stephen Cooper, decided to take Heavy D to Judge Rinder’s court after the tenant failed to pay £12,000 worth of rent. Heavy D, who’s real name is Colin Newell, was also accused of causing damage to his rental property.
However, Heavy D disputed the amount of rent owed. He was counter suing his landlord for a sizeable £8,000 over loss of earnings which were caused by a negative story Cooper had sold to the press. In an emotive plea to the judge, the reality TV star claimed that no one would hire him to work again following the criminal incident.
He claimed: ‘No one is going to book me again, it’s going to affect my livelihood and I can’t provide for my family.’
However, his plea seemed insignificant as the landlord revealed that Heavy D was not simply ‘a bit slow in paying the rent’ but had in fact failed to make any rental payments for almost a year prior to being evicted. The landlord stated he ‘just refused to pay.’ Furthermore, Heavy D was only evicted after the help of bailiffs was enlisted.
The 60-year-old landlord explained: ‘This property was fully refurbished to a very high standard before given to Mr Newell, compromising of a new kitchen, new bathroom, freshly painted throughout, granite worktops, new laminate and carpet flooring costing in excess of £12,000. On entering the property for the first time [during an inspection earlier this week], the entire house is horrific and in a disgusting state. Mr Newell has come close to trashing the house.’