New BBC1 Programme about Landlords

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8:38 AM, 11th May 2017
About 4 years ago

New BBC1 Programme about Landlords

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New BBC1 Programme about Landlords

My name is Grace and I am a TV Researcher working on a new BBC One programme about landlords.

The aim of the programme is a journey which will allows landlords to improve their knowledge of today’s rental market – and their own properties – by experiencing them first-hand as a tenant. It is also an opportunity for the landlords to explore and reflect on how the rental market is changing in Britain and what challenges come with that – for both landlords and tenants. We are fast becoming a nation of renters and this is an interesting (and hopefully fun!) way of exploring the rental market. How is the market changing? How are tenants’ demands changing? Do expectations and demands rise with prices?

We are looking for successful landlords with different stories and reasons to want to get to know their tenants and properties better, by spending a week as one of their tenants. It’s important that the landlords go on a personal journey and are genuinely interested in finding out what it’s like to be a tenant in today’s market and we are looking out for interesting stories to justify a landlord moving into their rental property for a week. So that might be, for example, wanting to explore how their own lives and expectations have changed from when they were a renter, it might be that their business has grown to such a degree that they feel removed from their tenants and properties and would like the opportunity to go ‘back to the floor’.

We are not looking for extremes, we do not want to include the stories of bad landlords or indeed bad tenants, we want to showcase reality and bridge the gap between landlords and tenants by reflecting the actual renting market as it is.

Could you pass on the info to landlords you are in touch with that might be interested?

Kind regards,


Editors Update:

Please note Grace has now left the company and is no longer contactable.

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Dr Rosalind Beck

22:43 PM, 28th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Apologies if anyone has read my initial feelings about the programme as I posted it on FB:

My opinions off the top of my head: Nice but dim! That's my initial verdict of Marc (not his Dad - the brains behind the operation). Also it is completely transparent that the landlords made the improvements because the cameras were there, as Steve Kendall says. As if a landlord would charge £950 instead of the going rate of £1,200 AND offer to pay the leccy bill. We ain't stupid enough to believe that Marc's Dad would have allowed him to do that! Regarding Paul Preston - I know nothing about the guy, but I thought he came across fine. The stuff about encouraging human interaction in HMOs was interesting - bit nanny state though. I thought Hayley was a bit whingey, blaming the landlord because she was shy. In terms of the tenant Linda it was clear that she couldn't afford to live in a 2-bed flat - but chose to because her family visited. Her choice. But then she has no money to heat the flat and causes damage to it... Also, I think this issue of lack of tenant assertiveness is important and I have come across it. Because they don't dare report issues, those issues do become far worse and more expensive. All in all, not as bad as I thought it would be so far, but that might be because I had such terrible expectations of it and also because I fortified myself with wine earlier than my usual hour. The real issue is what will the general public think about the landlords in it and I think at least them came across as quite human and nice (but dim).

NW Landlord

23:03 PM, 28th June 2017
About 3 years ago

I think sometimes after all what has happened over the last couple of years us bruised and battered landlords may be getting a little paranoid with just cause

Monty Bodkin

23:06 PM, 28th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "28/06/2017 - 22:32":

"I asked the tenants if they could live with relatives for a month, knocked down a mouldy lean to, replaced the kitchen, the carpets, the heating system and gave the garden a makeover."

Did none of that show up on your routine periodic inspections?

Mark Alexander

23:37 PM, 28th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Monty Bodkin" at "28/06/2017 - 23:06":

It's a long story which I might share in full when I have more time.

There had been no inspection carried out for over 18 months and no maintenance work done because the tenant was never available to give anybody access at a decent time of day, he continually refused access when he wasn't there himself, and my trades people had given up trying to make appointments with him.

It all got sorted in the end thankfully.

Mick Roberts

7:19 AM, 29th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "28/06/2017 - 22:32":

I agree Mark,

I got asked by a few mates last night as it was on.
And yes cause the cameras was on, that must have swayed their sentimentality decision to come out MUCH more.
Otherwise they'd have been seen as money grabbing rich Tax thieving from Housing benefit Landlords.
Which is normally how they like these programmes to go.

My mates not in the know, can't understand why I am saying Govt is Anti-Landlord.
They said be funny if I went on. Yes the BBC would choose my worst house.
And then I thought I used to live in my first rented out house. Had no mould when I was there. When I moved out, had mould, what does that tell u?

I am charging now £430's & £480's pcm instead of the £650's I can get purely for an easy life & cause the tenants have been there 12+ years etc. Not very good business I know, but I say it to show it does happen.
But I get it, some Landlords couldn't afford to do that if they haven't bought the house years ago.

I don't think the rest of the programmes will be as Landlord friendly, but there again Landlords may be much better with cameras there.

All u Doom mongers eh calling the programme beforehand-Give things a chance.

Cautious Landlord

11:51 AM, 29th June 2017
About 3 years ago

The programme was better than expected but mainly because I feared the worst. Yes positive as a whole but without getting too Donald Trump about the BBC I couldn't help feeling that it was all rather patronising and it was the good old (leftie) BBC helping sort out dodgy landlords. The moany snowflake HMO tenant doesn't have to live there of course (although has for 18months !) and as usual the tenants created the crap that brought the rats in. The lady in the two bed can't afford to live there. When the TV cameras have gone, the landlords get their s24 tax bill and all the other crap from the govt they might not feel such a warm glow about their benevolence - in front of the cameras though I concede they had no choice. I'd like to get a bigger house with an extra bedroom but can't afford it - deal with it ! Of course the real solution to all of this is that they could have done with touching on at least is the need to build more rental and for sale units - reducing rents in the process for snowflakes and the poor but we are now on the 6th or 7th housing minister in as many years so no chance of that.

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