New BBC1 Programme about Landlords

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8:38 AM, 11th May 2017
About 3 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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Mandy Thomson

7:20 AM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

There is a viewpoint that hatred towards landlords is atavistic because as humans, we all feel very possessive about our territory, our homes of course being our ultimate territory. The landlord exerts control over the home and has the right to put rents up and even bring the tenancy to an end. A tenant is aware of a small landlord much more than an impersonal, faceless large organisation, and therefore has a focus for that resentment. There is also an element of envy and resentment toward ordinary people who acquire a bit more than their peers.

I'm not saying I agree with the above or believe it's justified, I'm simply saying this might go some way toward explaining all this anti landlord hysteria.

Grace Hetherington

11:05 AM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Hi everyone,

Sorry I'm not able to reply to everyone individually on here, but thank you for all of your responses so far.

We were commissioned to make 3 episodes originally, and as everyone is pleased from all sides, the BBC have asked us to make 2 more episodes.

If you are genuinely interested, please get in touch for more details.

Many thanks,

Grace (

Dr Rosalind Beck

11:40 AM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Grace Hetherington" at "15/05/2017 - 11:05":

Hi Grace. I don't think you can say everyone is pleased from all sides, as we are landlords on this site and we're not pleased. You have also not taken on board a single thing we've said. We're used to that kind of behaviour from politicians. I would repeat that the whole premise is ill-conceived and based on prejudiced and stereotyped ideas of landlords as well as having numerous other problematic implications as many have pointed out here. Just to mention one, I wonder what support will be given to tenants' children especially, if they are put up in some luxurious house (as that will undoubtedly be the atypical landlord you target) and then have to go back to a more humble property and lifestyle? You should not be messing with people's lives in this way, at the same time reinforcing anti-landlord sentiment in this country; as if we needed more of that.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

11:43 AM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Grace Hetherington" at "15/05/2017 - 11:05":

Dear Grace,
Thank you for your reply - on behalf us all (if I may...)
I just do not quite get it - you are saying that "everyone is so pleased from all sides" - I am not sure if 'pleased' is a general feeling on this, one of the largest, Landlords' Forum. Does that mean Tenants are pleased? Or BBC?
Do you cooperate with any of other Landlords Organisations (NLA, RLA) - are they pleased?
It might be just me not being quite clear on that, but any further update will be helpful.
Thank you in advance!

Alan Wong

13:43 PM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Dear Grace, considering the amount of posts on here clearly doubting the programmes intention or purpose, you appear to not give any appropriate attention or feedback at all to any points. Instead your very short reply appears to have totally ignored everyone but to patronise us all.

Most of us would like the BBC to stop programmes like this as it is divisive and unproductive and can only lead to division in our society.

If the BBC is adamant in making programmes to create divide in society, we already suggested to source other walks of lives to do so. I gave 2 examples in earlier post of 2 walks of lives with bigger gaps for you to showcase and bridge those gaps. 1: Senior bankers receiving billions of fortune through selling subprime debt to us all and taking millions in bonuses for doing so, you can make a programme with them with as tenants or 2: Senior MPs with tenants. Surely there are plenty to showcase and 'bridge' there needed.

Jamie M

14:58 PM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mandy Thomson" at "15/05/2017 - 06:50":

I am not the least bit interested in your opinion Mandy

I am however unlike you, very interested in the future of us landlords, our businesses, families and more importantly our tenants without whom we wouldnt survive.

You cozy up to these BBC vilians at your peril, they have had the benefit of doubt in this and many other contexts for far too long and like Shelter are deeply political, evil and cruel.

For over 20 years they have slandered, debased, accused and vilified landlords and ignored the truth for no good reason and I have had enough of the creeps and the creep of their vile campaign

They will get no quarter from most landlords, only deep suspicion and deep concern as to what next!

Find someone else to tell off

Anne Nixon

15:42 PM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Grace Hetherington" at "15/05/2017 - 11:05":

Grace I have to confess I'm a bit baffled by your opinion that everyone on all sides are pleased. I don't recall one single landlord saying they were pleased, on the contrary in fact - perhaps you were being sarcastic?

On a serious note, you must have picked up our sheer exasperation that we are 'up against it' and our voices are not being heard?

I would ask you, please, take time to investigate the points we have raised - try to remain impartial and forget the prejudices you came to the subject with and look at the facts.

Most landlords are not rich, most are hard working, ordinary people with integrity who just 'get on with it'.
We are not abrasive 'radical' type people who enjoy a fight and it takes a lot to stir us to the reactions that you have seen.

If you just take the time to reread the points raised here and do some investigations of your own I think you will find a subject that is really worth making a program about.

Gary Dully

22:59 PM, 15th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Dear BBC,

I will give you an insight to my rotten last 3 days.

I have had to deal with a prostitute in Crewe trying to turn my HMO into a brothel.
I have a Romanian tenant try and beat up a Polish and Pakistani tenant one after the other in a HMO
I have had to deal with an abandonment in Flintshire.
I have had to deal with a tenant in a HMO who's colostomy bag keeps leaking onto the bathroom floor in Lancashire and he won't clean it up.
And I have written 3 references for some of my best tenants, who are moving on.

I'm getting tenant applications from people with CCJ's and they are falsely making statements that don't match their history.

The liberal democrats want to legalize cannabis, the Greens want to make prostitution legal, Labour want to spend anybody's money they can snatch, the Tories say they are now the workers party and now the BBC want to film me going effin insane.

The country has gone to the dogs.

It must be the fault of private landlords.

# Vote UKIP

Alison King

10:37 AM, 16th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Dully" at "15/05/2017 - 22:59":

Sounds like you would make a brilliant TV personality Gary.

Yvonne Francis

11:04 AM, 16th May 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "12/05/2017 - 07:46":


Mark and other landlords: complain directly to the BBC and Boundless Productions.
Grace is a researcher and only interested in recruiting landlords for this programme. While out views are interesting between ourselves they are falling on deaf ears. The links to complain or air your views are:-

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