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Landlords face double standards on Universal Credit

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Private sector landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit. The Department for Work and Pensions has established a help line for landlords with tenants on Universal Credit facing difficulties with their housing costs. The line will only be available for the social rented sector and excludes use by private sector landlords.

Private sector landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit.

The Department for Work and Pensions has established a help line for landlords with tenants on Universal Credit facing difficulties with their housing costs. The line will only be available for the social rented sector and excludes use by private sector landlords.

This follows social housing landlords being able to access information on the claims and arrears history of tenants receiving Universal Credit which is denied to private sector landlords.

According to the most recent English Housing Survey, 26% of tenants in private rented housing are in receipt of housing benefits, a figure likely to grow as the sector increases in size.

Commenting on the latest development, Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association said:

“Growing numbers of tenants on housing benefit are looking to the private rented sector for a home to live in. It is vital therefore that landlords are given all the support needed to encourage them to accept such tenants.

“The news that the Government’s Universal Credit helpline cannot be used by private sector landlords will do little to provide such confidence and cause many to consider if renting to benefit claimants is worth the risk.

“We are calling on the Government to recognise the damage they may be doing to the choices available to tenants on benefit and end the discrimination against the private rented sector.”

This information was generated thanks to the work of RLA trainer, and housing benefits expert, Bill Irvine. We’d like to credit Bill for his good work and recommend that if you have any further interest in Universal Credit or benefits in general, to consider his services. www.universalcreditadvice.com

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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