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.
Return of the series following specialist letting agents trying to keep both private landlords and tenants happy. As council housing shrinks, Britain's two million private landlords have been buying up houses. More of their tenants than ever before are on benefits and as austerity and changes to the benefits system bite, many are falling into arrears. Letting agencies specialising in housing benefits now find themselves on the front line. In the North East, ex-pub landlord Rob McKenzie has found his own way of dealing with tenants who abandon properties leaving behind a trail of destruction and owing thousands of pounds in rent. Young agent Caroline is new to the job and finds herself drawn into tensions on a street in Hartlepool, where one of her tenants is causing problems for the neighbours.
Series following specialist letting agents trying to keep both private landlords and tenants happy. As the council housing shortage worsens, Britain's two million private landlords have been buying up houses. Now, more benefit tenants than ever before are renting privately, and as austerity cuts and changes to the benefits system bite, lettings agencies specialising in housing benefit are feeling the pressure. In South Yorkshire, Andrew and Allen manage over 600 properties. Rushing to the scene of a police raid, they're shocked to discover one tenant has turned their property into a large cannabis factory. In Doncaster, private landlord Rod Bloor decides to evict all 160 of his benefit tenants in response to the local council holding up their housing benefit claims.
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.
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