Landlords move into Chadwell Heath flat for BBC documentary

PUBLISHED: 16:25 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 26 June 2017

Landlords Marc and Peter move into the Chadwell Heath property they rent to Linda (Picture: Fremantle UK Media Limited)

Landlords Marc and Peter move into the Chadwell Heath property they rent to Linda (Picture: Fremantle UK Media Limited)

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The relationship between landlords and their tenants is being explored as part of a new BBC show.

Linda in her flat (Picture: Fremantle Media UK)Linda in her flat (Picture: Fremantle Media UK)

And the first episode of The Week The Landlords Moved In – airing this week – shows how one landlord changes his whole outlook after trading places with his tenant in Chadwell Heath.

Landlord Marc and his father Peter have a portfolio of 40 flats across east London and Essex, making £15,000 a month in profit from renting them out.

At the other end of the financial scale is one of their tenants, Linda, who gets by on a budget of just £54.12.

The programme sees them trade lives for a week – which proves to be an eye-opener for 36-year-old Marc, who is used to a lavish lifestyle.

Landlord Marc gets emotional (Picture: Fremantle Media UK)Landlord Marc gets emotional (Picture: Fremantle Media UK)

“This whole experience has been so humbling,” he said.

“When the producers first got in touch, I decided it would be interesting to swap places with a tenant because I felt it would be such an accurate appraisal of what being a landlord or tenant is really like.

“There are so many documentaries about bad tenants, houses and landlords. I have always loved my tenants and I do appreciate that without my tenants, I wouldn’t have a business at all.

“But along the way, as my business has grown, a gap has started to grow between my tenants and I.”

He admitted he had not been attentive to his tenants’ needs, with Linda’s flat having mould on the walls, no heating in the bedrooms and an oven that didn’t work properly.

“I felt shocked at myself,” he said. “And I felt horrified as ultimately, it is my responsibility.

“It made me realise that as I have become more successful, I have lost sight of what it is all about.

“Living in Linda’s flat made me reassess everything.”

And the experience has led to Marc – who is seen becoming tearful as he realised what Linda had to endure – admitting he needs to be more aware of his responsibilities, modernising Linda’s flat and making essentail repairs.

The Week The Landlords Moved In airs on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One, and will be available on iPlayer afterwards.

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