Tagged: housing benefits

Universal Credit driving landlords away from housing benefit tenants

Universal Credit driving landlords away from housing benefit tenants

Confusion as to how welfare reforms will tackle rent arrears will cause larger landlords to reduce the number of properties they let to those on housing benefits, according to new research.




Top tips for letting to benefits tenants

Top tips for letting to benefits tenants

Following speculation that buy-to-let landlords could shun tenants on benefits after the introduction of the universal credit scheme George Spencer, chief executive officer of online lettings service Rentify, offers advice to landlords.




Four in five PRS landlords unwilling to rent to benefit claimants

Four in five PRS landlords unwilling to rent to benefit claimants

Nearly four in five landlords are unwilling to rent to tenants on housing benefit, a survey has revealed. Just 18 per cent of landlords had tenants with housing benefit in one or more of...




Huge rise in rent arrears in UK because of rising rent prices, says charity

Huge rise in rent arrears in UK because of rising rent prices, says charity

There has been a 150% increase in rent arrears in the UK since 2007 and a 13% increase in the last 12 months alone, according to data from the national debt advice charity the...




Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing complaints about poor service or hidden fees to be independently examined. The government is preparing to announce rules to better regulate the private...




Ex-housing minister says tenants’ charter will not end fees ‘scandal’

Ex-housing minister says tenants’ charter will not end fees ‘scandal’

A former Labour housing minister has attacked the tenants’ charter proposed by Eric Pickles. John Healey says that it will not stop the “scandal” of “rip-off fees” charged to tenants, and will continue to...




Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

A housing benefit cap introduced in the UK means that in many areas of the country some landlords have seen their Local Housing Authority rental income drop by up to 50%, it is claimed....




August update on the private rented sector

August update on the private rented sector

Its hard to believe that we are already at the end of another summer and the kids are going back to school.  As usual with this time of year in the lettings industry there...