NRLA argues benefits should cover rents

NRLA argues benefits should cover rents

8:49 AM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago 4

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Responding to news that the Department for Work and Pensions has suspended until 10th May deductions from Universal Credit payments for rent arrears, service charge arrears and council tax arrears Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said:

“At such a difficult time the priority should be to do everything possible to prevent tenants getting into rent arrears in the first place by ensuring tenants are able to continue paying their rent in full.

“This means that the Government should ensure benefits cover the full cost of rents, end the five week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit and pay the housing element of the Credit directly to landlords.”

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Laura Delow

10:41 AM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

100% agree

john mcghee

11:11 AM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Like Laura l 100% agree, but dont have any hopes that it will happen. This has been one of the aspects which have been set by councils to frustrate us "rich" landlords. While l hope and wish it will happen l am afraid its going down the old road of not letting properties to people on benefits. I have half of my properties let to benefit claimers and l cant think of one who has not caused me problems with benefits.
Still hoping and wishing for a better outcome ????

Mick Roberts

12:51 PM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

And no one in DWP can with conviction say where the deductions come in order of debt priorities.
It's terrible how their own staff can't get u the answers.
The managers get no joy above them & it seems no one is accountable to an answer.

Kathy Evans

15:49 PM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

I don't see why people on benefits need deductions stopped as the lockdown is not causing them any extra expense. Much better to stop them getting into debt in the first place

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