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.