20:06 PM, 18th June 2013, About 8 years ago 7
The impact of the bedroom tax and reforms to housing benefit – has this led to more impoverished renters?
One of the greatest concerns for tenants with the reforms is being able to manage their finances from a weekly to monthly basis and having to deal with taking one, in many cases reduced, payment in place of the various benefits and tax-credits previously available.
As more tenants struggle with the new system, fewer landlords will feel confident enough to rent to this sector, creating an even greater gap between supply and demand of social housing.
Couple this with the impending bedroom-tax where some claimants will see their housing benefit portion reduced by up to 25% on the basis of under-occupancy and I think it is inevitable that landlords can expect shortfalls in rent.
The reality is that the whole system is in a sad state of affairs which is likely to lead to a greater number of impoverished tenants.
Paul Shamplina has over twenty years experience in the legal field, and as co-founder and director of Landlord Action, the market leaders and longest serving independent company specialising in fixed-fee tenant eviction and debt recovery, he has acquired a reputation as the landlord’s friend.
Since Landlord Action’s inception in 1999, Paul has helped to evict over 17,000 bad tenants and is the authority in this area.
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