The Kyle Files ITV Mon 1st April – Landlords

The Kyle Files ITV Mon 1st April – Landlords

14:49 PM, 28th March 2019, About 3 years ago 15

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April Fools day Monday 1st April 8:00pm to 8:30pm, The Kyles Files eposide 4 – Landlords

“Jeremy probes the private rented sector. More than three million people are thought to be living in properties that are not only unfit for purpose, but some are even dangerous. Jeremy goes out with council officers as they visit some of the worst offending properties. He meets tenants living in terrible conditions, confronts a rogue landlord and hears from an organisation fighting for tenants’ rights.”

Series overview: “Jeremy Kyle returns for a new series investigating high-profile issues that impact on people’s lives – from moped crime to knife attacks, and from sex for rent landlords to Britain’s obsession with alcohol.

“Each week, Jeremy and The Kyle Files team get to the heart of the matter as they work with the emergency services, film covertly, interview victims and confront protagonists to demand answers.”


Simon Williams

10:51 AM, 29th March 2019, About 3 years ago

No doubt we will be treated once again to some quality balanced journalism on the PRS. Here's some stats from the English Housing Condition Survey that the programme probably won't be sharing with you:

84% of PRS renters were satisfied with their current accommodation, compared to 81% in the social rented sector. (EHC Survey 2016/7)

72% of PRS renters were satisfied with the way their landlord carried out repairs compared to 66% in the social rented sector.

It is estimated that 4% of PRS homes have significant condensation/mould problems. The figure in local authority homes is 5%.

The government has devised something called the Decent Homes Standard and it estimates that 13% of social rented fail to meet it, 19% owner occupied failed to meet it and 25% in the private rented sector. BUT, the standard includes the need for a "reasonable degree of thermal comfort" and property in a "reasonable state of repair" and it is hardly surprising, that given a substantially higher proportion of PRS consists of houses, not flats, compared to the social sector (much more flats) that the PRS scores less well on those measures.

Furthermore, the fastest improvement in decency is in the PRS.

And of course by far the largest number of "non decent" homes are in the owner occupied sector (as it is the largest tenure type). Very many of these homes that fail to meet the standard will have home owners living in them who are actually very happy with their accommodation and would be very surprised to learn their home is "non-decent". (This would probably include me as my 1920's detached home is near the very bottom on energy efficiency. )

I assume we will not be treated to any undercover visits to damp and mouldy local authority homes or indeed owner occupied properties in a dire state of disrepair. And interviews of satisfied PRS tenants? No, no, no.


18:48 PM, 29th March 2019, About 3 years ago

How about a series about rough tenants and totally biased law against landlords?

Chris @ Possession Friend

0:12 AM, 31st March 2019, About 3 years ago

Look at Landlord Today 20/3/19 Rentokil's Property Care survey.
20% tennats don't use trickle vents,
36% admit wearing more clothes instead of turning Central heating on, to save money,
30% regularly dry clothes on radiators with 11% admitting to doing it 'All the time'
12% dry their clothes in the bathroom, an area where already a lot of moisture.
You can bet those figures won't be mentioned either. !


13:17 PM, 1st April 2019, About 3 years ago

Another stat you missed Chris - 3 bedroomed houses being used to house families with 7 kids!! Then they wonder why the bedrooms are full of condensation (or mould as they like to call it!!) So sick of this constant bombardment, harassment is what it is.

wanda wang

22:45 PM, 1st April 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Ela at 29/03/2019 - 18:48
you should contact him and tell your story.

Neil Patterson View Profile

9:01 AM, 2nd April 2019, About 3 years ago

I watched it last night.
Very lightweight journalism that must have taken minutes to research, but at least of the two examples one was not a PRS landlord.

I was shocked that when the council condemned the HMO they evicted the residents before they had found alternative housing. How does that help? It was like adding insult to injury.

It would have also nice to interview the good landlord that the single mum doing her masters degree found.

Chris @ Possession Friend

11:39 AM, 2nd April 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 02/04/2019 - 09:01
Yes Neil,
But there's no 'story' or media interest in the majority of good or housing provided by PRS.

John walker

13:00 PM, 2nd April 2019, About 3 years ago

I would have thought that by now all LAs would have inspected all unfit houses in their districts. They must therefore be aware that many 'unfit' dwellings are unfit due to tenant behaviour. In the 1960s I was employed in several LAs dealing with unfit properties, many councillors at the time were horrified to learn that the 'sweet little cottages' tucked away behind their main streets were nothing but rural slums. Why have they not dealt with the problems more expeditiously. There are undoubtedly rogue landlords out there still, but they must be a very small proportion of all landlords.

Joe Armstrong

13:52 PM, 2nd April 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 02/04/2019 - 11:39
The media would happily see private landlords being burned at the stake. What I'm waiting for next, after chasing PPI and medical negligence has had its day is: 'Have you been mildly inconvenienced due to your own stupidity but which could be blamed on your landlord? You could be due compensation.'


15:16 PM, 2nd April 2019, About 3 years ago

Why would anyone in the private sector rent a property that is in bad condition when there is so much choice?

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