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> The Week The Landlords Moved In, BBC1, 9pm Wednesday
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Brett-Butler
post Jun 28 2017, 08:21 PM
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A very timely show being shown on BBC1. The show's a documentary about landlords who move into the houses lived in by their tennents for a week to see what life is like when the shoe's on the other foot.
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post Jun 28 2017, 09:09 PM
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Just watched this! Quite a good concept for a show and was good to see the landlords step out of their comfort zone, live in their tenants shoes and make some changes
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Well, that was a rather eye-opening program to watch. The show featured two landlords who moved in to their tenant's house. In one case, they moved into a 2-bed house lived in by a 66-year-old woman who had to work 3 jobs to pay her rent, with only 50 left over after bills. The house had mold growing in all rooms, among other issues, and she said that because she was on a rolling tenancy agreement, she was afraid to contact the landlords as they could kick her out in 2 months.

The father/son landlords moved in for a week, and when they noticed that the place for making food was disheveled, at first they said that they'd consider renovating it, but that she'd run it down within a few years anyway, then realised that it they renovated it, they could straight away rent it out to someone else for 300 a month more straight away.

Without spoiling anything more, I will say that there was a happy ending to it all, of sorts, but it was a very affecting programme, especially given the current housing situation that I was in. Seeing what went through the landlords' heads made me thankful that I've never had to rent, and has given me a greater respect of those that find themselves trapped within the rental system. It's the sort of program that could turn even a member of the 1922 Committee into a Corbynite in the space of an hour.
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post Jun 29 2017, 10:57 AM
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And the show is now already causing a storm on social media...

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BBC One's The Week the Landlords Moved In is exactly as it sounds a TV show where landlords move into their tenants' home for a week and see what it's really like to live there.

It made for some really uncomfortable viewing, with the majority of the landlords we met not being bothered about the state of their houses or the people that were living there.

One tenant was living in a house with five bedrooms and she didn't even know anyone else in the flat because there wasn't anywhere to actually sit and get to know the other people who lived there.

Viewers were horrified at the situation Linda was put in, and the flat she rented needed a complete overhaul, plus it was riddled with damp.

Her landlords claimed the reason the damp was so bad was because she couldn't afford to put the heating on and questioned whether she could actually afford to live there.

However, instead of kicking her out like we all thought they would, they completely refurbished the house and got rid of the damp.

Though, many questioned the landlords' motives and whether they would have actually done anything if the cameras hadn't shamed them into it.

Afterwards, viewers applauded the programme and called for the government to employ tighter regulations on the rental market.

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post Jun 29 2017, 03:15 PM
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This sounds so good, I have gotta see it!
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post Aug 20 2017, 02:35 PM
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After an odd break, the final episode of the series airs on 30th August
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