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Our Universal Credit research makes national headlines

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

On Friday, we published new research from our research arm, PEARL, which investigated the effect of welfare reform on renting.

Over the weekend the piece was included in a  range of national newspapers and blogs, including The Independent and The Huffington Post.

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.

Media Coverage

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.

Landlords issue stark warning over universal credit as two thirds see tenants fall into debt The Independent

Two Thirds Of Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Are Owed Rent Arrears, New Study Shows Huffington Post

Two in three tenants on Universal Credit can’t pay their rent on time, landlords say The Sun

Rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit have surged, say landlords MSN Money

Nearly two thirds of PRS tenants claiming Universal Credit in arrears Inside Housing

New research reveals impact of Universal Credit on PRS 24 Housing

Rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit have surged, say landlords AOL

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit Landlord Today

Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit Letting Agent Today

New reports are ‘another damning indictment’ into Universal Credit roll-out Scottish Housing News

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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