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RLA fights for changes to Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The Residential Landlords Association has briefed peers on proposed changes to the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill. The association is campaigning to improve data sharing and to allow landlords from the Private Rented Sector to claim back arrears after a tenant has moved house.

The Residential Landlords Association has briefed peers on proposed changes to the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

The association is campaigning to improve data sharing and to allow landlords from the Private Rented Sector to claim back arrears after a tenant has moved house.

Currently private landlords cannot access any information about their tenants’ claims – even if the tenant has signed a mandate allowing the landlord to act on their behalf.

And although rent arrears can be claimed back through Universal Credit, under the legislation as it stands if the claimant moves address the arrears bill does not follow them.

An amendment has now been tabled which would:

  • Enable landlords to gain access to information about a tenant’s claim for Universal Credit where the tenant provides written consent.
  • Ensure that if a tenant receiving benefits amasses arrears, they could still be paid back to the landlord even where the tenant moves on to another property.

The amendments will be debated towards the end of Committee Stage, which is expected to take place sometime within the next two weeks.

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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