Everyone should watch this horrific BBC1 documentary (while it is still on iplayer) showing what it is really like in London today if you are on a modest income and do not own your own property.
I am from London myself. I bought a small one bedroomed flat in Blackheath when still in my 20’s (I wish I still had it) – based on my own earnings and without any parental loans – and then moved out in 1988 to Norwich where I now live.
That would be impossible for anyone today. Instead they would be faced with the prospect of either commuting in from outside or renting a squalid apartment, probably vermin infested, where the bed takes up most of the floor space.
Or even just rent the bed!
This program features our own Ben Reeve Lewis and these are the properties he sees day in day out in his job as an enforcement officer.
If you are a good landlord you probably can’t imagine landlords behaving like the landlords in this program. But they do, and this is why we need legislation to prevent retaliatory eviction (thankfully coming soon).
Let us have your comments below but please only after you have watched the program.
You will find the program on iplayer here (for a while).