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.”



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by Monty Bodkin

22:42 PM, 24th June 2021, About 3 months ago

"a renewed focus on developing new social housing"
-NRLA

"a historic renewal of social housing"
-Shelter

"everyone should live in renewed social housing"
-Karl Marx

"a focus on new social housing development"
-Benito Mussolini

"We need more useless housing legislation"
-Housing lawyer

"I need to further my political career"
-MP

"I need a bigger budget"
-Selective landlord licensing councillor

"stop driving out those who actually house social tenants"
-Private landlord

"I'd just like a home"
-Tenant on benefits

by zhorik

7:51 AM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

it is not just rent, Housing benefit tenants cost more for some reasons when it comes to Buildings insurance.

by Mick Roberts

8:07 AM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 24/06/2021 - 21:36Very true Monty:
"Landlords haven't suddenly decided to 'discriminate' against tenants on benefits."
We some of us have loved the normality of Benefit tenants, some of us get a kick out of solving their Benefit Claim when tenant was being walked over by Benefit office & we've stopped them from being homeless. Nice solving a problem.
Nice having victory over some imbecile Council staff.
However now with UC who won't talk to us, we can't take the Benefit tenants any more, we not discriminating against them & Shelter ain't solving this till they talk to us & they can keep taking a thousand Letting Agents to court for refusing Benefit tenants cause every time they do, another 100 Landlords think What? I'm DEFINITELY not taking Benefit tenants now.
I'm still being paid, now THREE months, for a house I sold, tenant no longer mine, & UC has acknowledged THERE IS NO WAY FOR LANDLORD TO TELL UC HE HAS SOLD THE HOUSE, Please stop paying me. They say tenant has to do it. And as we know, some tenants don't do everything that is required.

by Jessie Jones

8:46 AM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 24/06/2021 - 10:13
Dylan, this is the very reason why I don't want direct payments from the Council. Tenant gets a job and doesn't tell the DSS, so their claim becomes fraudulent and the DSS go after the LL to get their money back. No thank you.
Nor do I want payments in arrears, or payments to stop because the tenant leaves without notice.
DSS tenants that want to live in one of my houses have to have the deposit and first months rent up front, just like a working tenant. Equality works both ways so I'm not discriminating against working tenants either.

by Chris @ Possession Friend

12:29 PM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by DSR at 24/06/2021 - 09:37
Yes DSR, and this is the message the NRLA should have given to Govt, not rolled over and had Landlords belly ticked again by this Govt. !

by L M

12:40 PM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by zhorik at 26/06/2021 - 07:51
Why? That's interesting.
Can I ask..if you were assured of rent each month...tenants reporting any problems early enough so that a minor issue didn't become a major one, tenants being responsible and level with you..and you being so with them...isn't that the ideal? Would you consider ALL tenants including those on benefit of any description..I mean in a ideal world?

by terry sullivan

13:25 PM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

york polytechnic=leftie +++

by L M

13:56 PM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 26/06/2021 - 08:07
What council?

by Chris @ Possession Friend

14:31 PM, 26th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Bond at 24/06/2021 - 10:21@Michael, you missed out a word !
The NRLA has got this badly wrong ' AGAIN '
Like they got agreeing with Govt to impose EICR ONLY on the PRS,
Like they were busy devising a Pre-Action Protocol for Pandemic possession cases, instead of bringing legal action for landlords.
Landlords might as well join Shelter ! as the NRLA.

by Mick Roberts

16:37 PM, 27th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by L M at 26/06/2021 - 13:56
The imbecile Council are Nottingham, not all staff like, just those that have just moved department & try to tell me how to rent houses out.


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