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This upcoming series challenges successful landlords to spend an eye-opening week living in one of their own rentals, on their tenant’s budget, to see life through their tenant’s eyes.
The Series begins this Wednesday (28th June) at 9pm on BBC One.
There will be 5 episodes in total. If you miss any you can watch them via the BBC iPlayer, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programme…..odes/guide
I have lived in my own flats for extended periods, in winter before double glazing was added and without any form of heating, I should have reported myself to environmental health. I stayed to work on my property so cannot say what my budget was; most of my expenditure was on DIY goods, expenditure the tenant would never even contemplate.
I would not like to live on a claimant tenant’s budget, a budget comparable to that which I had to endure whilst a student, but I have always been gainfully employed. I say always but forty years ago I did have one period when I was technically unemployed – for two working hours, that is how long it took me to find another job, ironically the best job I have ever had. There is and always has been plenty of work for those who are willing although I think this will change radically in the near future.
The lesson that needs to be learned for the lady in her 60’s is that affordability is paramount – this is not just about being able to pay the rent its about being able to live comfortably.
Tenant Referencing UK has an affordability calculator but it doesn’t cover the cost of utilities http://www.landlordreferencing…..alculator/ .
It does give a good indication for rent and landlords need to know the cost of utilities so that tenants can be advised before they sign up.
Not using heating is dangerous for health and for the condition of the property .
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I found the programme “interesting” but with several items of “fake news” interspersed.
I was approached by the producers last November and invited to take part. I explained to them the widespread differences between all tenants, all landlords, all properties, and all locations, but I suspected that they wanted to produce the type of programme they aired.
“……………….I would have concerns about the entertainment aspect that would be required to make it a mainstream viewable documentary.”
As you say it did highlight the economic vulnerability of aging tenants in the PRS, and the difficulty of equating the business and social responsibility aspects of being a LL. The reverse side of the coin is aging landlords, either wanting to sell (or children not wanting to take over the business) and young tenants being asked to leave.
Whoever said that being a landlord was easy!!
Full time experienced landlord & property investment mentor in West Yorkshire.
The comments on Twitter about Pauls tenants are truly laughable. If you actually knew them, without going into the gory details, you would watch this program in a whole new light.
But that was the whole point of the program right?; to make all tenants look like honest angels and all landlords to look like lying, uncaring b*stards.
Just remember that there are two sides to every story.
I wouldnt advise any landlord to go on these type of programs the producers all have a hidden agendas and you have no control over the editing.
You only need to make on off the cuff remark for it to be twisted or edited in such a way to make you good or bad.
If you were the most perfect landlord it wouldn’t make very entertaining viewing so they have to “sex” it up.
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