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New BBC documentary ‘The Week The Landlords Moved In’ is set to show a rich landlord in tears after he swaps accommodation with his tenant and sees the grimy conditions that the pensioner lives in every day.
The hard hitting doc airs on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1 and sees father-and-son landlords Marc and Peter swapp homes with pensioner Linda.
But Marc is reduced to tears when he see Linda’s mouldy two-bed apartment, saying: “I pride myself on being a good landlord, and this isn’t an impression I would like to paint.
“I don’t want anybody living in these conditions.
“It’s almost like a poverty trap. I never imagined it would be like this.”
Elsewhere in the programme, millionaire landlord Paul Preston, 40, admits he has “expensive tastest” and lives in a luxury apartment with his personal trainer girlfriend Prea – who he calls ‘Queen P’ because of her craving for luxury.
Paul made his fortune dividing homes up and renting them out by the room, and his business is even called Success HQ.
“I like the finer things in life.
“We have a fantastic lifestyle with lots of great holidays. Our outgoings per week to come about £1,500,” he tells the cameras.
But the property mogul gets a shock when he swaps homes with tenant Hayley, 29, who has lived in his Milton Keynes property for 18 months but it is infested with rats. And though he says he doesn’t think it’s essential to know his tenants personally to run a good business, he soon realises he’s been putting his head in the sand.
Showing producers around the £575-a-month flay, Hayley explains: “The walls are covered in mould. The windows aren’t very secure. It looks disgusting.
“It looks dirty, it looks grubby. This is a makeshift washing line made out of a telephone wire.
“This house does not feel like a home. To be honest I don’t think my landlord considers us. Probably only sees it as if the room is vacant or full.
“We’ve got a bit of a rat problem. I think there’s a bit of a large family living in the shed.”
Paul defends himself by saying: “In respect of the furry family, it is something that happens in built up areas. So there’s obviously a balance of we can fix what we know about.”