BBC1 reality TV experiment, The Week The Landlords Moved In, is proving to be entertaining. This week featured a pair of enterprising young landlords who began building their property portfolio at a very young age. Prudent property acquisitions in the Leeds area have seen James and Dan make a huge amount of money. They enjoy living in a luxury penthouse with a private chef, yet life for their tenants is not exactly a barrel of laughs.
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Making a Home
One of their tenants revealed that he is spending around £800 a month on his property, just to make it a comfortable place to live. This leaves him with virtually nothing at the end of the week. When his landlords move in, they are shocked. They agree to fix the problems and repay the cost of the work the tenant has carried out.
Landlords Not Dealing with Issues
The same thing happens with a second landlord. He moves into the rental property with his wife and two young children, only to discover a faulty gas cooker, mould, and electrical faults. Once again, he fixes the issues, but the main issue raised by the program is why landlords are not dealing with these problems before they come to the fore?
It is likely that many tenants are reluctant to raise issues with their landlord because they are concerned they might be evicted. Revenge evictions are illegal, but rogue landlords can and do evict tenants, particularly when there is a shortage of rental properties and demand is high.