Tagged: housing benefits

Private rented sector still most common way to solve homelessness, figures show

Private rented sector still most common way to solve homelessness, figures show

Less use was made of landlord incentive schemes to get people at risk of homelessness into private rented accommodation last year, but it was still the most common solution, official figures released today show....




Social landlords ‘raising rents faster than LHA landlords’

Social landlords ‘raising rents faster than LHA landlords’

Social landlords are raising their rents for benefit tenants above those charged by private landlords. The difference is a gap of 14%, says new data. Produced by the organisers of the annual Resi conference,...




Buy-to-let landlords shun benefits tenants

Buy-to-let landlords shun benefits tenants

The proportion of landlords renting to tenants on benefits has dropped from 34pc to 27pc as welfare reforms began to kick in. The number of landlords renting to tenants on benefits has dropped sharply,...




Pressure on lenders to cut rental restrictions

Pressure on lenders to cut rental restrictions

David Lawrenson, of private rental consultants www.LettingFocus.com, celebrates a victory after the London Assembly accepts his firm’s evidence on the private rented sector and will be used as a key recommendation. The London Assembly...




It’s boom time for buy-to-let, so here’s your homework

It’s boom time for buy-to-let, so here’s your homework

The buy-to-let sector is booming with landlords tempted by lower house prices, rising rents and improved mortgage deals. Homeowners can no longer rely on house prices rising steeply, but with rental yields on the...




Tories criticise Ed Miliband’s ‘vacuous’ housing benefit reforms

Tories criticise Ed Miliband’s ‘vacuous’ housing benefit reforms

As Miliband urges subsidisation of housebuilding rather than rent, experts say his plan will not generate savings for years. Ed Miliband‘s plans to target the housing benefit bill with a new three-year cap on welfare spending will take...




Labour ‘could force landlords to reduce rents’

Labour ‘could force landlords to reduce rents’

A Labour government would provide local authorities with the power to force landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) to cut the rental rates for their properties. This is according to shadow work and...




Rent arrears top concerns about accepting benefit tenants

Rent arrears top concerns about accepting benefit tenants

Six in ten landlords and agents are concerned about receiving rent if they accept housing benefit tenants. A new survey of 500 landlords and agents by website Dssmove found that rent apart, most landlords...




Full impact of housing benefit reforms in private rented sector ‘still to happen’ – report

Full impact of housing benefit reforms in private rented sector ‘still to happen’ – report

The impact of housing benefit reform on tenants living in the private rented sector has been “geographically limited” but London has been hardest hit, according to research published today by the Department for Work...