In response to a recently screened BBC Panorama programme Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) Chairman, Alan Ward wrote a letter to challenge what in his view were major misconceptions within the show.
The BBC Panorama titled ‘The Great Housing Benefit Scandal’ aired in April, and despite previous assurances from the Editor to the RLA that a landlord representative would be heard on future editions featuring housing, landlords were again depicted very negatively.
The RLA was disappointed that the Panorama and the BBC decided “once again to ignore the views of those bodies representing the vast majority of responsible landlords providing decent accommodation for their tenants.”
Alan Ward has asked for clarity on a number of points:
“Specifically, the type of property featured – a caravan park, a hostel, and a hotel – is not typical of the private rented sector. Additionally, the suggestion that local authorities do not have sufficient powers to tackle problems of poor standard in rented accommodation and that tenants have few rights.
Alan Ward argues that if Panorama had invited a spokesperson for landlords onto the show, “they would have been reminded of the 100 Acts of Parliament containing 400 regulations affecting the private rented market.”
However, this does not prevent some criminals posing as landlords to take advantage of vulnerable tenants…but like Alan says in the letter: “Regulations are useless without proper enforcement.”
The RLA has not heard back from the BBC / Panorama as of Wednesday 29th April.
Click here to read the letter in full
The RLA wrote to Panorama and ITV respectively in March on the portrayals of landlords in the media…landlords are still waiting for fair representation in the national media.
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