The law says everyone has the right to a safe place to live, but for many the reality is more hovel than home. With 3.9 million Britons living in private rented accommodation*, it can be a battle between tenants and landlordsÂ - and it’s housing officers who are on the front line.
Matt Allwright joins forces with these housing officers, but rather than simply present the show, Matt hits the books to become a trainee housing officer for himself.Â Working shoulder to shoulder with his colleagues, he learns the ropes on the job – searching out rogue landlords and tenants, tackling problem properties, dealing with the consequences of nightmare neighbours and coming to the rescue of tenants in need.
From pest infestations to missing windows, leaking sewage to overcrowding, Matt uncovers some of the UK’s most shocking living conditions.
The series was commissioned by BBC Daytime Controller, Damian Kavanagh and Commissioning Editor, Lindsay Bradbury for the BBC.Â The executive producers for Twofour are Rachel Innes-Lumsden and Melanie Leach.
*Statistic from the English housing survey 2011/2012, from the Department of Communities and Local Government
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