No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits

No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits

9:23 AM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago 49

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Responding to a new report by the University of York on the supply of private rented housing to tenants in receipt of benefits, a spokesperson for the National Residential Landlords Association said:

“No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits. Every tenant’s circumstance is different and so they should be treated on a case-by-case basis based on their ability to sustain a tenancy.

“More broadly, the Government needs to take action to give both tenants and landlords greater confidence that benefits will cover rents. This should include reversing the decision to freeze housing benefit rates in cash terms and ending the five week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit. Ministers should also enable tenants to choose, at the outset of a claim, if they want the housing element of Universal Credit paid directly to their landlord. We need also a renewed focused on developing new social housing, alongside the private rented sector.”



Comments

by L M

16:33 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 24/06/2021 - 16:28
How utterly ridiculous...not sure being a landlord is such a good idea 💡

by David Price

16:39 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 24/06/2021 - 16:28
Mick you must be making it up for surely no government would introduce such a stupid regime?
I have today had a reply concerning a UC47 and one that I only submitted yesterday. It is a standard refusal, no proper explanation, no reason just NO.

by Clint

17:06 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 24/06/2021 - 16:39
No Mick is definitely not making it up. I complained in 2019 and 2020 to all relevant managers ICE & my MP and have got no where. I cannot remember ever getting a reply from ICE and my complaints were concise although, quite lengthy so as to explain all that had happened.
Coincidently, I just deleted some of the complaints yesterday as, I don't expect to hear from them and have also given up complaining. It is only a waste of time as they don't care how many complaints there are.
Believe me stupid a regime as it may be, it is absolutely true. I guess in this day and age no one really expects this sort of thing to happen.
In terms of filling in the managed payments and arrears online, they seem to be quite efficient in that if they are not going to pay you, they let you know in about 3 days otherwise, it is hit or miss if you hear back.
If you don't know the DOB of the tenant, you will not be able to apply for managed or arrears payments. If anyone knows how to get round this do let me know.

by Clint

17:08 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by L M at 24/06/2021 - 16:33
I would definitely not give the thumbs to anyone new intending on becoming a landlord.

by Dylan Morris

17:18 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

It’s not really discrimination though it’s what used to be called making a choice, before we lived in Clown World. Mortgage lenders “discriminate” all the time by refusing to lend to benefits applicants. How come they can get away with it ?

by Mick Roberts

17:49 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 24/06/2021 - 16:39
That's exactly it isn't it David, it's that ridiculous, u would think someone would be making it up. 6 year old kids say Mummy, you've told the DWP worker u going to spend it on holiday, why did he still give it u?

U r joking, a straight refusal. They disgraceful, Bill Irvine will tell u they not allowed to do that.

by Mick Roberts

17:49 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 24/06/2021 - 17:06
Yes Clint. My replies end up massive as they don't reply to any of them, so u repeat yourself & more anger builds up & more frustration & u then writing down about them not replying.

I am thinking the same of Giving up complaining, but I don't like to see people get away with complete wrongdoings that really harm peoples lives, when the solutions are easy.
I got told they only need DOB if two people with similar name at same house, fortunately I have all mine DOB's I think.

by Mick Roberts

17:50 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 24/06/2021 - 17:18
Very good point Dylan.

by Clint

19:42 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 24/06/2021 - 17:49
Yes, but if you try filling in the online form, you cannot go forward until you fill DOB. I have all DOBs but for some reason this one is missing & tenants obviously will not help.

by Monty Bodkin

21:36 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

"a spokesperson for the National Residential Landlords Association said:

“No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits."

Who do the NRLA really speak for?

As a DSS landlord for decades, they certainly don't speak for me or my tenants.

Have they even read the report?

Landlords haven't suddenly decided to 'discriminate' against tenants on benefits.

This part from the report sums it up very well;

Moral judgement of landlord unwillingness to accommodate ‘DSS’ tenants has overshadowed the need to understand why landlords might express that preference


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