Okay… So these landlords made the assumption (which we are all guilty of) that because the tenants were receiving Housing Benefit, the tenants were automatically not working.
Just so we are clear; you can receive Housing Benefit while working, it depends on your income i.e. whether or not you can afford to cover your rent.
It wasn’t a very good start for them both as Sharon admitted they spent “a grand a week” on living expenses. She then tried to cover up by pretending to be embarrassed. But Paul put his foot in it by saying “That’s 50 grand a year” and then went on to say “Surely people are earning 50k a year by now” …
Paul is very over-opinionated and talks over people, neither of them had any idea of the tenant’s medical history, nor the fact that the father has gone back into work, despite against medical advice and then Paul decides to step in and trump his card of also having a bad back and apparently knows of the pain … But he obviously has no idea how much pain the tenant was in!