On Friday, we published new research from our research arm, PEARL, which investigated the effect of welfare reform on renting.
The research report, which can be read in full here, reveals that almost two-thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced them going into rent arrears.
Based on responses from more than 2,200 landlords, the RLA’s research exchange, PEARL, has found that 61 per cent of landlords with tenants on Universal Credit have seen them go into rent arrears.
This is up from 27 per cent in 2016. The research also found that on average Universal Credit tenants in rent arrears owed almost £2,400, a 49 per cent increase compared to last year.
The new research on Universal Credit has received a large amount of media coverage. On Friday, our Policy Director David Smith discussed the key findings from the research on BBC Radio 4.
Over the weekend, the research made headlines in a range of national newspapers and trade outlets. You can read all of the media coverage below.
Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit Letting Agent Today
New reports are ‘another damning indictment’ into Universal Credit roll-out Scottish Housing News