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RLA Challenges ITV on negative portrayal of landlords

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RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to Michael Jeremy, Director of News and Current Affairs at ITV regarding concerns about a show aired on 5th March. Titled “Britain’s Housing Crisis”, the show was a biased representation of conditions within the Private Rented Sector…

RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to Michael Jeremy, Director of News and Current Affairs at ITV regarding concerns about a show aired on 5th March. Titled “Britain’s Housing Crisis”, the show was a biased representation of conditions within the Private Rented Sector.

Alan was concerned that no landlord body was invited to contribute to the discussion.

“Had they done so,” Alan commented “ITV would have been able to note to viewers that there are over 100 Acts of Parliament containing around 400 regulations affecting the private rented market.”

The show perpetuates a negative stereotype of landlords that the RLA feels is unjustified. It’s, the actions of a criminal few that negatively impact on the reputation of the vast majority of landlords who are legally compliant, and eager to provide quality service to their tenants.

In his letter Alan reiterates the RLA stance that enforcement is lacking within the PRS, allows criminals to operate under the radar while compliant landlords and their tenants pay the cost.

You can read the letter from Alan to ITV here in full.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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  • They only pick up on rouge landlords. Do not see the other 80% good landlords who treat tenants with respect. But then some tenants do not respect the landlords effort to give them good housing.

  • It was not just this programme, has anyone seen the series on Channel 5 and its many repeats about benefit britain, it tells of sob stories of people “stuck” on benefits and how those nasty landlords evict them when they cannot pay their rent.

  • I was appalled that not one landlord body, or even a solitary landlord were able to give a balanced view. And where do Shelter get their figure of 200,000 retaliatory evictions from? I associate with dozens of landlords and don’t know of one that has ever used tactics of this nature.
    Keep up the good work RLA.

  • Keep up the pressure RLA. The challenge is that good news isn’t newsworthy. Stories about a case of cockroaches and a landlord who threatens to evict the tenant if they dare to complain DO make newsworthy news. Right now – especially in the sunup to the election, reality doesn’t matter, it’s whether the ‘newsworthy’ item will put viewers in front of ads for gambling, and junk food.

  • I am so pleased to hear the challenge to the common perception of Landlords and agents being lumped together as rogues and fat cats with no consciences, wherever this perception occurs. The great majority of us are extremely hard-working, fair-minded and supportive to tenants who apply. I recently emailed Ed Miliband regarding his proposals to outlaw agent fees, and I’m at a loss to understand why there is this opinion that tenants are done down, especially in view of the legislation in existence which is very much in their favour. I completely agree that the programme was very short on balanced research. I can only assume that such incomplete representations make for better viewing. Sadly and depressingly, so few are actually interested in the facts.

  • The programming is biased. On ITV website : “http://www.itv.com/news/2015-03-05/tonight-britains-housing-crisis/”

    They put contact details for :

    Shelter – the Housing and Homeless charity
    Citizens Advice – provides advice for people in housing need
    Generation Rent – campaigning on behalf of private renters
    Priced Out – campaigning for affordable housing
    Rental Raters – rates private rented stock”

    This is evidence of clear bias, as some of the groups are campaign groups. They have an anti-landlord agenda.

    I find many of the claims to be made by Shelter to be one-sided. This so-called ‘research’ is picked up by the other groups and spread around.

  • This type of media coverage infuriates me because it ‘winds-up’ tenants and provokes them to be anti-landlord, without understanding the full picture. I am constantly trying to show my tenants that I want to work with them to help improve their lives, and give them good quality affordable housing. This is made so much more difficult when there is a constant anti-landlord bombardment by the media (and by certain political parties). It seems that many politicians and journalists are unable to use the word “landlord” without prefixing it with the word “cowboy” or “rip-off”.

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