The Week the Landlords Moved In

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    The Week the Landlords Moved In

    Just a reminder that this programme starts this week.

    Landlords spend a week living in their own rental properties, on their tenants budget.

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/20...ies-buy-to-let

    Could be interesting, could be another load of TV tat.

    Wednesday 21.00 BBC1

    #2
    I'd love to live in one of my properties on my tenants budget! All the properties are nicer than my own and all my tenants have more money than me!I'd love to have a kitchen where the plaster and tiles aren't falling off the walls, and where all the double glazing units aren't popped and the windows open and close properly.

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      #3
      Originally posted by nukecad View Post
      Just a reminder that this programme starts this week.

      Landlords spend a week living in their own rental properties, on their tenants budget.

      https://www.theguardian.com/money/20...ies-buy-to-let

      Could be interesting, could be another load of TV tat.

      Wednesday 21.00 BBC1
      Ye god, not another of these programmes.

      More cheap left-wing propaganda from the BBC. Scrap the licence fee NOW!

      Just followed the link. Biased reporting from the "Guardian". Well, what else could I expect.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
        I'd love to live in one of my properties on my tenants budget! All the properties are nicer than my own and all my tenants have more money than me!I'd love to have a kitchen where the plaster and tiles aren't falling off the walls, and where all the double glazing units aren't popped and the windows open and close properly.
        I have recently found myself in a totally unpredicted situation and have had to move into one of my btl's. It's lovely because there are no outstanding jobs and it was only renovated about 4 years back. Happy days!!

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          #5
          Living in Berkshire but renting, self-managed (do not do this at home Children...) 3 houses 1,000+mile round trip away in the Highlands of Scotland I irregularly "camp" in the properties during voids/changeovers.

          I recommend it, very illuminating.

          But, being as I'm 69 I've concluded I need a local agent & luckily there's a new-to-the-area player I'm trying...
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            interesting programme, especially the contrast between father and son staying in the cold flat. Can't understand landlords who dont inspect their property or see that someone else does.

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              #7
              Originally posted by buzzard1994 View Post
              interesting programme, especially the contrast between father and son staying in the cold flat.
              Cold flat?!?! In this year's very warm English April & May?

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                #8
                theartfullodger,

                I go on holiday in mine too sometimes when I'm renovating in voids. I might be going on holiday to the next village a mile away in a couple of weeks. My best friend lives just up the road from the property and it's a short walk through a field to the pub!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by boletus View Post
                  Cold flat?!?! In this year's very warm English April & May?
                  I wasnt paying enough attention to notice when it was filmed - but they had extra clothing brought to them because the place was so cold. The tenant asked them not to heat the bedrooms because they couldnt afford it. Property was also really damp and not obvious what caused that, although they blamed the lack of heating.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                    Living in Berkshire but renting, self-managed (do not do this at home Children...) 3 houses 1,000+mile round trip away in the Highlands of Scotland I irregularly "camp" in the properties during voids/changeovers.
                    Done the same often in the past. Highly recommend booking into the best hotel in the area instead and claiming it against taxes.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by buzzard1994 View Post
                      I wasnt paying enough attention to notice when it was filmed -
                      There were daffodils outside, filmed this year in April/May, the hottest English spring for a very long time, slept with windows full open.

                      - but they had extra clothing brought to them because the place was so cold.
                      Yeah, right.

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                        #12
                        Hmm.

                        Regarding the old girl of 66, I bet the electricity bill was high as she was feeding and washing for her whole family every day. The block looked to be 1980's, so I doubt it was penetrating damp. I suspect she was drying the whole family's washing indoors. I think the Dad was correct that any renovations will be pointless.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                          Hmm.

                          Regarding the old girl of 66, I bet the electricity bill was high as she was feeding and washing for her whole family every day. The block looked to be 1980's, so I doubt it was penetrating damp. I suspect she was drying the whole family's washing indoors. I think the Dad was correct that any renovations will be pointless.
                          And I thought I was cynical.

                          Clearly if the problem was as simple as all that, the concerned extended family would have chipped in a tenner for the heating and sorted out a fiver between them for the knackered hot tap.

                          These problems don't just sort themselves out.

                          I hope they had counselling.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by boletus View Post
                            And I thought I was cynical.

                            Clearly if the problem was as simple as all that, the concerned extended family would have chipped in a tenner for the heating and sorted out a fiver between them for the knackered hot tap.
                            .
                            It's easier to blame the landlord.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by boletus View Post
                              There were daffodils outside, filmed this year in April/May, the hottest English spring for a very long time, slept with windows full open.



                              Yeah, right.
                              Just watched buts again - daffodills on a windowsill but didnt see them outside, people on the streets all wearing coats, and clothing brought in. To quote the Met Office on April "It was a mild month overall with a notable warm spell early in the month, but some cold nights later in the month pulled the night time temperatures closer to average. "

                              Suspect the mother and son worked on the father, who probably didnt want to come over badly on television anyway. As the father pointed out they are still making a profit, just not quite as much as they could be. He may well be right about the state of the flat in two years time but with some security of tenure she can get a better utility contract and afford to heat the place a bit better. And if he's put in a condenser drier or new washing machine in that new kitchen there will be less moisture from the tenant. I got myself a new washing machine recently and was surprised by how much drier the clothes came out.

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