Welfare Reform and Homelessness

Landlords unlikely to rent to under-21s following benefit cut

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Landlords are calling on the government to back down on plans to cut housing benefit for 18-21s as research shows the extent of harm it will cause.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 landlords by the Residential Landlords Association, 76 per cent fear this measure will leave under 21s unable to pay their rent, making landlords less willing to let property to those in this age group.

RLA Vice-Chairman, Chris Town said: “Cuts to housing benefit will make it risky for landlords to rent to those receiving it.

“Rented housing is crucial to enabling young people to quickly access work and education opportunities.

“By making it more difficult for them to secure rental properties Ministers are making such prospects increasingly difficult for them.

“We call on the Government to think again and use the Budget to reverse its plans to cut housing benefit for the under 21s.”

The new Universal Credit regulation states that jobless 18-21-year-olds will no longer qualify for help with their rental costs and will affect new claims made after April 1st.

There will be a number of exemptions with the Government claiming vulnerable people will continue to be protected, as will carers, those with families and those who have been in work for at least six months prior to claiming, as well as those working at least 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.  

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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