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Tide Has Turned - Bbc 1 Housing Enforcers

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Watching it now. You'd think it was BBC, government sponsored, anti-landlord "propaganda" just in case anyone was thinking the taxation changes were unfair.

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Was going to watch this. Will catch up on this on iPalyer. :)

Watching it now. You'd think it was BBC, government sponsored, anti-landlord "propaganda" just in case anyone was thinking the taxation changes were unfair.

But but but...BBC repeat 'Homes Under the Hammer' ad nauseum. Surely that's pro landlord propaganda? I'm tres confused! ;)

Did anyone watch Channel 4's 'How to Get a Council House' over the last few weeks? Last week's episode showed Portsmouth council housing officers and private housing team investigating an illegal HMO with an a**ehole landlord. Portsmouth housing took possession of the property with a view to getting it up to code. In the meantime the landlord will receive no rent and will have to keep paying the mortgage on the property if there is one. Very pleasing to watch! :D

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I'd agree Homes Under the Hammer is pro landlord propaganda purely on the basis that they never use any thorough maths. If they did, it would be anti.

I did watch the illegal HMO and the council played a blinder. I don't know if this is commonplace, but surely if councils just seized a property for failing to reach safety and occupational standards, took over the rent, and billed the landlord for works done, it would stop slumlords in their tracks.

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Sat and watched this with my parents. I got the impression that although the living conditions were very poor there was a lot going on unsaid.

One family complaining of rat infestation (due to next door putting food out) but also saying 'we tried to get the council to buy our house off us so we could move' Kind of got the feeling they were deep into negative equity and were trying to blame the rat problem to get the council to bail them out of their situation. (Brand new conservatory - probably mewed)

Usual crappy living conditions, with various low grade tenants.

They did labour the points of just how grim those living conditions can be (I have lived in similar before) blocked sewers, rubbish piled up. Downright dangerous conditions.

makes a big change to the usual property porn. having been fighting against the mentality of 'houses always go up' 'buy now or miss the boat' 'your being too conservative' 'you need to start your life' it's very very refreshing that TV is now starting to show more realistic views of the housing crisis.

feel like the most people have been basically brainwashed that you should buy no matter what. for years. It's nice that it seems the propaganda is starting to head in the opposite direction. landlords are now evil. tenants are victims.

Could be worth starting a thread alongside this weeks housing propaganda thread about positive propaganda. the change in the last two weeks has been very drastic indeed!

Certainly the word has been put out, there's a crash coming soften people up so they actually welcome it.

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You guys all watching?? I thought you all boycotted the license fee.

Not me, I have no problem with the TV License I know that it goes to the BBC (I might not like all of their coverage but it's better than what a Murdoch, Rothermere or Desmond would serve us - which isn't saying much really). Personally I have more of an issue with the Stealth TV License that I pay every time I go shopping as it indirectly helps fund channels I can't even watch (even those without TVs pay the Stealth TV License).

Anyway Panorama: Young, Homeless and Fighting back is about to start!

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... followed by "How to Get a Council House" on Channel 4 at 10pm. How times have moved on since the days of Changing Rooms (unless you count Landlords doing up places with bits of plywood and staplers).

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BBC1 prime time show on now following council housing officers dealing with slumlords etc.

Oh yes, the tide is turning.

They were chasing slum landlords HMO's in 1993 dont hold ya breath, and wot about all the garage conversions in slough!!!!

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best bit for me was right at the end...the closing audio was "join us next week as we (something something something mumbled) Britains housing crisis"

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In our time is worth the license fee alone. The best back catalogue bar none.

It is pretty amazing. Listened to a couple of consecutive months worth once and the scope was breathtaking.

Actually its not just the scope, its also the way it brings the worlds experts to bear on the topic of the week.

By now, Melvyn Braggs mind must be bigger than a planet !

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Another good programme!

That first landlord in Sleaford deserved a slap.

Would have been interesting to see a post refurb job 'Property Ladder' style on the terraced house the Brummie Trekkie lived in. As for that other run down house with walls turned brown in nicotine and bouncy floors... :blink:

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I saw it!

If that wasn't BTL = Your worst nightmare ever!

It went like here's the scummy LL ripping off someone, to here's a poor sap of a LL having his house defecated in! :lol:

The only upside was that care in the community is a massive ball ache for landlords.

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