Britain’s Benefits Tenants – Series 2 Wednesday 9pm

Britain’s Benefits Tenants – Series 2 Wednesday 9pm

14:18 PM, 9th August 2016, About 7 years ago 6

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More private tenants than ever before are on benefits and falling into arrears. Britain’s Benefits Tenants series 2 starts Wednesday 10th August 9pm Channel 4.

This return series episode 1 of 3 follows letting agents trying to keep private landlords and tenants happy.

This should be worth watching and discussing on comments below to see if the media can handle portraying landlords and tenants, on what can be sensitive issues, in an even handed way.


Dr Rosalind Beck

9:43 AM, 10th August 2016, About 7 years ago

Yes, Neil, let's see if Channel 4 producers can move away from the usual lazy landlord-bashing. My suspicion is that they won't be able to and will go for showing things only from the tenants' perspective, but I would love to be proved wrong. I also wonder if Shelter will get a word in as they can't seem to open their mouths without slagging us off.

terry sullivan

10:05 AM, 10th August 2016, About 7 years ago

shelter should not have charitable status--it is robbs personal political campaigning vehicle and costd taxpayers £40+ millions a year

ps--it provides no residential accommodation

Dr Rosalind Beck

10:17 AM, 10th August 2016, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "terry sullivan" at "10/08/2016 - 10:05":

I agree, Terry. It is a very biased organisation and its name is a misnomer. It should be called something like 'we hate landlords' or 'we like to talk but we don't do anything useful.' How an organisation which provides no shelter, and in fact spends a vast amount of time and money campaigning against those who do (us) can call itself 'Shelter' must be a breach of the Trades Description Act or whatever it's called. That would be a good legal case!

Mandy Thomson

14:29 PM, 10th August 2016, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dr Rosalind Beck ." at "10/08/2016 - 10:17":

I recollect an episode of "Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords" where Shelter helped to rehouse a single mother and her daughter, with the help of ....a private landlord (though I don't recall any credit being paid to the landlord...).

Dr Rosalind Beck

23:23 PM, 17th August 2016, About 7 years ago

This is turning into a very good series. It really shows the landlords' point of view for a change and the shambles of Universal Credit in particular. I couldn't believe it when in the second episode a landlord was charging £300 a month for a 5-bed house, housing a mother and three or four children, one of whom was disabled and the council said the rent was too high and that it should be £170! The tenant appealed and the allowance was increased, but crikey, what planet are the council on? I bet the council wouldn't have charged £170 for a 5-bed house and yet they expect landlords to, when landlords also have to pay tax on any profit and pretty soon tax on turnover as well... So I am pleased so far with how this series is panning out.

Old Mrs Landlord

9:10 AM, 18th August 2016, About 7 years ago

Unfortunately I was dodging between the sitting room and kitchen trying to watch while cooking a meal, so did not see all of this programme, but the impression I had was that the rental figures you quote for the five-bedroom house were weekly rather than monthly.

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