The Housing Enforcers BBC 1

The Housing Enforcers BBC 1

9:29 AM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago 14

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The Housing Enforcers BBC 1

Take a look at The Housing Enforcer programme on BBC iPlayer which relates to private property lets.

It’s an eye opener and you’ll know what I mean when you see it with the landlord there to obey.

Is it any wonder this country’s nearly bankrupt!

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Editor note: All links added by Property118.

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Mandy Thomson

13:45 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

I've seen about 3 episodes. Although I believe the subject matter is compelling, the programme is absolutely biased in its portrayal of councils and EH as saints and landlords - all landlords - as rogues. For example, they showed a landlord who regularly works with EH being told to put in a new window, upgrade radiators etc - even though from what I could see, what was there already was perfectly acceptable and liveable. At the end of the day, while things such as double glazing and central heating are preferable, they are not absolute pre-requisites for a decent living standard. Whether the landlord shown has a contract with that local authority to provide housing is unclear, but either way the programme fails to acknowledge that without the help of private landlords, local authority housing applicants would have even fewer options.

They open the programme with camera shots of appalling living conditions, and your first thought is "rogue landlords". However, when you look more closely, and you analyse what you're actually seeing, most of the chaos they show is caused by the OCCUPANTS. For example, I'm not aware of any landlord, however bad, who would compel their tenants to use a filthy toilet covered in human waste, or to cook on a hob that's had heavy use and hasn't been cleaned in years...

The programme doesn't simply show landlords and tenants, it also shows the homes of older owner occupiers who are unable to cope but are too proud to ask for help - in fact at least one of the opening images of squalor is the home of one such elderly owner (but they'd like you to believe it's a rented home...).

It is clear the programme producers are anti landlord and are more concerned about pandering to anti landlord mania rather than produce an unbiased programme that explores the issues properly from BOTH sides; another such now infamous "documentary", "Benefit Street", portrayed benefit claimants in a similarly skewed and unhelpful way - except in that case fewer people were taken in.


13:49 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

Can you take the programs off as I didn't put them on! It's merely a comment?

Luke P

14:31 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jack Ass" at "19/05/2015 - 13:49":

All questions/comments are 'fluffed out' a bit and pictures/links etc. added for convenience. I'm glad of the link so I can get up to speed on this programme.


14:40 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

That's fine as it wasn't me who added the links/programs

Luke P

14:43 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

I still blame you as they're there, plain to see with your name at the bottom, so it must've been you!


14:59 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

No it wasn't, but it's not worth arguing as we all must stick together make our voice heard.

Luke P

15:00 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

Jack. I'm messing with you.


15:09 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

That's naughty, I wouldn't know how to put a link on anyway as I'm pushing 70 not as bright as I was! I'll ask them.

Luke P

15:16 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

This anti-landlord agenda will continue until licensing is compulsory nationwide and the government control rents and their increases. They need us to take up the slack, but then don't like the fact we, as private businesses, can choose who we take, at how much and when we get rid (within the laws as they stand).


15:24 PM, 19th May 2015, About 9 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Luke P" at "19/05/2015 - 15:16":

That's very true BUT some councils are bringing them in and if things are not up to scratch which includes 'tenant antisocial behaviour' the fine is up to £20,000! Ouch!

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