1 Nov

Landlords urged to stick with tenants on benefits

Landlords urged to stick with tenants on benefits

Landlords who have buy-to-let properties with tenants on benefits in them have been urged to stick with those living in their houses rather than trying to bring in other replacements.

It is feared that new changes to benefits regulations, which will see many families (as many as 56,000) earn £91 less per week, could see landlords look for more affluent tenants as those on benefits struggle to pay their rent.

One of the biggest issues at the moment is that demand for rental properties means landlords who are facing arrears on their houses need not fear a home sitting open when they look for an eviction.

However, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said: "Cuts in payments will add uncertainty and increased hardship to the lives of individuals who are already struggling to get by. There is a real risk of increased homelessness, which on top of the human cost will simply transfer costs to other public services."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801480847-ADNFCR

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