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As the numbers of homelessness rises, today Channel 4 are launching a new season of programmes to find out “what really happens when you’re without a roof over your head and desperate.”
Now that the housing minister Grant Shapps wants local councils to sort their problems out by working with private landlords; John Snow, with a team of undercover reporters, returns to investigate the reality of life for people at “the mercy of private landlords, and finds families with young children sent by local authorities to live in filthy, bed bug-infested properties, while their rogue landlords make a fortune out of public money.”
In the first episode of this two-part series, George Clarke looks into the ethics of squatting and meets Emma and her young children – who have moved 10 times in 13 years… The Great British Property Scandal
At LandlordReferencing we constantly hear from many landlords who say that they no longer re-let their property & would prefer to keep it empty and wait for the market to return to sell it; because they have suffered through massive rent default, property damage and the cost of evictions.
In November, 2011 alone the Tenant Alert total was:
RENT DEFAULTS = £97,407.68
DAMAGES = £38,121.95
Equalling a MASSIVE £135,529.63!!!
If you take the amount above and multiply it by the amount of members we have versus the amount of landlords and letting agents we have in this country; the problem of damages and rent defaults has become epidemic.
Would Marks and Spencer’s continue to open every day if they experienced rioting and theft in their stores every day? I think not.
What we’d like to know is; who is investigating the thousands of good landlords out there who are at the mercy of rogue tenants, who consistently run up extortionate rent defaults and/or property damages???
AND, who is investigating the thousands of good tenants out there who are at the mercy of bad neighbours, who consistently try to spoil everything they strive for; in trying to achieve a comfortable and quiet life for themselves and their family???
Here at LandlordReferencing we are addressing these issues for all GOOD LANDLORDS, LETTING AGENTS & TENANTS out there.
As landlords ourselves we are adamant about wanting to provide security, peace and quiet for our tenants.
Lifestyle Referencing doesn’t just inform landlords about a rogue tenant heading their way, but also provides the opportunity for good tenants out there to obtain a good reference (who may have fallen on hard times & gotten themselves into debt; meaning that they now have a poor credit rating/reference/score) – as we believe that just because someone has a poor credit rating it doesn’t mean that they can’t pay their rent on time/look after a rented property.
So, as a good tenant, you can see that Lifestyle Network Referencing is not a form of black-list; it is a pro-active system designed to help give all tenants a better quality of neighbour; that they deserve, as well as pay for.
Has your life been affected by the standard of your neighbours? If you have a story about your bad neighbours and want to share it with LandlordReferencing, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply leave it as a comment below.
Check out our positive reviews, where there is even one from a tenant who summed it all up in this sentence:
“I would be appalled if my landlord knew of a system like this and never joined it.”
We also think the title of tonight’s program is disgracefully misleading [Landlords From Hell] and has obviously been chosen to attract more viewers.
All we hear about from the media is “Rogue Landlords; Scourge of the Earth”. . .
If private landlords are the answer to the UK’s housing problems then shouldn’t the media be working with us instead of AGAINST US??
Mahatma Gandhi Quote: “We must become the change we want to see.”
Tenants in this country need to consider that their rental property is their home and thus they should treat it and make it so.
For far too long the ownus has been on the landlord to provide a tenant with accomodation which borders on a hotellier.
At LandlordReferencing.co.uk we appreciate that property must be of a good and habitable standard but we believe that alot of tenants in this country now truly believe thst it is a landlord duty to change the light bulb…!
Anyone who watched “Dispatches” last night may have been as amazed as I was at the total drivel that came across the screen.
It was introduced to us as a program about ”landlords from hell”. So, I waited to see all these bad landlords and was amazed that the first ¼ of the show was about hotels and B&B’s and were portrayed as HMO’s! So, were they HMO’s or hotels or B&B’s? To me they were Council accredited and paid for overnight stays for the homeless, and the person who ran them from an off-shore account was not a “landlord” in the sense of the word as we use it wherein a Landlord provides long term accommodation on an AST, but was a guy that was milking a local authority for every penny he could while they just paid up for homeless overnight accomodation.
The second part of the show was about one landlord who quite frankly didn’t seem to know one end of a building from the other and a tenant that didn't own a rag to wipe off the mould before her kids eat it!. So what I find dreadful is that when people are crying out for property to live in and the Government wants private investors to put their hard earned cash into creating homes for others, this effort of a programme was the best Dispatches could do. They merely tried to rubbished our industry and portrayed us all as blood sucking villains and basically what they offered up was just a bunch of foreign sharks ripping off a local authority who did not have the sense to deal with them properly and then that was followed up by a (Bill and Ben) father and son team who didn’t have a clue about property and who simply walked around thinking they had done the job when they obviously had not nor indeed could they ever do.
I tell you what, if Dispatches want to do a real programme properly on real Landlords in this Country then they should start with me and I will show you them 100 of mine that are of fantastic quality and then introduce them to 1000’s of our members that work very hard against difficult odds to provide millions of people with decent homes.
If Dispatches cannot come up with something proper then keep a lid on it please.
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