Next Episode of Britain's Benefit Tennants is
With competition for social housing soaring, this documentary follows two specialist agencies on the front line of Britain's new social housing crisis.
As Britain's council housing shortage worsens, more benefit tenants than ever before are renting privately. In some areas of the country demand for low-cost housing far outstrips supply, and, as austerity cuts and changes to the benefit system bite, letting agencies specialising in housing benefit are feeling the pressure. In Manchester, letting agent Amin is on the trail of a woman who's fallen behind in her rent. Neighbours have reported many people coming and going from the property, and when he turns up at her house, Amin discovers a nasty surprise. Across town, young agent Joe Beck finds himself caught between one of his landlords and a tenant who owes over £3600 in rent arrears and is refusing to pay.
In Leeds, letting agent Aimee gets a shock when she investigates reports of a bad smell and high numbers of bluebottles coming from one of her properties.
In Manchester, young agent Joe is caught between a mum who's struggling to pay her rent and a landlord who's run out of patience. One of Tracy's tenants has filled a bedroom with tropical birds.
As the council housing shortage worsens, Britain's two million private landlords have been buying up houses. Now, more than half of tenants on benefits are renting privately and as austerity cuts and changes to the benefit system bite, lettings agencies specialising in housing benefit are feeling the pressure. In Hull and Grimsby rent collection has become a game of cat and mouse. Letting agents are going to further lengths to track down tenants who have left their landlords out of pocket. In Hull, Jeremy runs Cody's Estates with his wife. They are on the trail of a tenant who has left his flat damaged. There's £1000 worth of damages, and to add insult to injury the landlord's curtains are missing. Meanwhile, in Grimsby, letting agent Harp has his faith restored when one of his tenants cleans up the mess at his property as promised, but will he come good on his rent arrears of over £3000?
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