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Panorama responds to RLA

The BBC’s Panorama programme has responded to a letter from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) about the depiction of landlords on a recent programme.

The RLA wrote to Panorama after the Great Housing Benefit Scandal was broadcast last month.

The RLA’s letter can be viewed here.


The RLA was disappointed that the Panorama and the BBC decided “once again to ignore the views of those bodies representing the vast majority of responsible landlords providing decent accommodation for their tenants.”

RLA chairman Alan Ward asked for clarity on a number of points. Specifically, the type of property featured – a caravan park, a hostel, and a hotel – is not typical of the private rented sector. Additionally, the suggestion that local authorities do not have sufficient powers to tackle problems of poor standard in rented accommodation and that tenants have few rights.

The RLA has now received a response from the Panorama editor.

It claimed the programme made it “abundantly clear” that the programme was about a “relatively small number of individual landlords” rather than intending to tar all landlords with the same brush.

Panorama said the show made it clear that many landlords provide good quality homes.

The letter can be read in full here.

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