Sean Lock plays dodgy landlord in Shelter film

Housing charity Shelter has released a humorous film starring comedian Sean Lock to raise awareness of the dangers posed by unscrupulous private landlords.

Sean Lock: the unscrupulous landlord in Shelter's latest campaign
Sean Lock: the unscrupulous landlord in Shelter's latest campaign

The five-minute film, shown on the charity's Facebook page, was conceived by Amplify and also features 'Green Wing' and 'The Office' actors Oliver Chris and Sally Bretton.

It depicts a scene where a rogue landlord is showing prospective tenants around a grotty and dangerous property, oblivious to any problems it could pose to them.

The film was produced by Irresistible Films and directed by Chris Faith.

Shelter is hoping the film leads people to sign a petition on its Facebook page that forms part of its campaign to highlight problems with a minority of landlords in the private rented sector.

The charity has seen overall complaints about landlords increase by 23% over the past 12 months, with specific issues including shocking levels of dampness and disrepair and harassment.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "Despite the amusing script and characters, the fact is that the horrifying conditions shown in the film are a reality for thousands of people in this country.

"It's frightening to see that complaints about bad landlords are increasing at such a rate, at the very time that renting a home is fast becoming the only option for thousands of families across this country.  It appears that rogue landlords are cashing in on this growing market.

"With Government policy directing more vulnerable people towards the private rented sector, it seems entirely negligent of the housing minister to have not yet produced any clear commitment to clamp down on rogue landlords."