Landlords reject Government’s welfare reforms
November 8, 2012
An article posted by the RLA website states that Private Rented Sector landlords have rejected the Government’s plans to reform the welfare systems in regards to housing benefit. They have pointed out that there is a lack of housing in the sector to cope with the Government’s changes.
A survey of over 1,000 landlords across the UK found that:
- 65.2% of respondents do not support the Government’s plans for universal credit
- 54.6% of landlords said there was insufficient numbers of shared properties in their areas to cope with the extra demand, as a result of a decision earlier this year to increase from 25 to 35 the age at which housing benefit claimants can claim only for a room in a shared property.
- 62.3% of landlords stated that they would not reduce rents in return for direct payments
- 91.6% said they would be less likely to rent to those on benefits if the ‘right to demand’ direct payment became only a ‘right to request’.
Full post available on the RLA Website