The unemployed working with their mentors went rather better than I was expecting. Then the Landlords programme seemed pretty informative. The difficulty of getting out a tenant. The landlords living in rented and going into rent arrears to keep paying the BTL mortage keeping a free roof over the head of their tenant who never paid a penny of rent. That tenant was £15,000 in arrears by the time possession was finally gained. Then the property damage could be seen. So the couple owning that house were looking at say 7 grand of damage and 15 grand of arrears. Pretty much the average loss on a skipping tenant. The damage left at the two repossessed houses was pretty light compared to our experience. I have had one where two dogs had been left tied in a backyard which was flooding from drain water as the tenants had blocked the drain. In the garden was stagnant rainwater festering in abandoned used cat litter boxes. House needed two flea treatments after we had ripped out all cat faeces ingrained carpets and so on. We tried to help people down on their luck. They make all the promises. they move into an immaculate house. When they move in we have already stocked the fridge to give them a start. Then the trouble starts. they steal rent until you could get it direct off council (the thing IDS is ending). And at every hands turn they go to the public sector parasites in the Council Housing Advisory Service. They live like vermin. For those of you who saw the programme and the damage left. isn't it criminal damage ? Yes it is but police won't record it. If the tenants do a runner and nick the whole fitted kitchen the police won't record it as a crime. The only way to be for a private landlord is like the beggar who was the Houses in Multiple Occupation Landlord in the programme. And even he was standing for £1500 of rent arrears from HMO tenants. Then the future. The ASBO man ? Housed straight off by the letting agency ? Vulnerable they can still get his rent paid direct to them from benefits. There is the reality of the benefits reforms then. The ASBOs get priority because the letting agent can be sure of getting rent paid. But all in all the BBC did OK last night.