Shelter is running a campaign for people to sign an online petition urging more lenders to lend to buy-to-let landlords who take benefits tenants.
Recently, Nationwide and Lloyds announced that they would allow their landlord borrowers to accept tenants on Local Housing Allowance.
Councils that have pledged not to evict tenants who run up arrears as a result of the government’s ‘bedroom tax’ could struggle to keep their promise once universal credit is introduced.
Dundee Council last week agreed that no tenant in arrears due to the under-occupation penalty would be evicted if they are doing what they can to avoid falling behind on payments, and several other councils are considering similar promises.
Rents nudged down across England and Wales by just 0.1% in February – but they were still 3.3% higher than the year before.
According to LSL Property Services, which owns national chains Your Move and Reeds Rains, the average rent is now £731 per month.
Universal credit will fail unless the government can get more people online, a Department for Work and Pensions official has warned.
Mike Shakespeare, who works in stakeholder engagement at the department, told a seminar organised by skills body Digital Unite and social landlord Affinity Sutton last week that digital inclusion work will be vital for the government’s flagship welfare reform policy.
Rent arrears among tenants of social landlords taking part in a trial of the Government’s flagship benefit reforms have soared.
The pilot is testing out the effects of paying the tenants their rent money, and trusting them to pass it on to their landlords.
The work and pensions secretary has pledged to protect disabled children who will be hit by the bedroom tax.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, Iain Duncan Smith said he would publish guidance tomorrow for local authorities on how to effectively use discretionary housing payments, which are designed to mitigate against the impacts of welfare reform.
A Liverpool-based housing association is asking tenants to sign forms that say they accept they will be hit with legal action if they don’t pay their rent as a result of the ‘bedroom tax’.
One Vision Housing has sent out documents to 2,900 of its tenants who will be hit by the under-occupation penalty asking that they return them signed, and with a counter signature by a witness.
Iain Duncan Smith has been given two weeks to demonstrate why the bedroom tax should not be subject to a judicial review.
The work and pensions secretary is facing a legal challenge against the government's 'under-occupancy' charge by law firm Hopkin Murray Beskine on behalf of 10 disabled children.
Ten disabled and vulnerable children have launched legal proceedings against work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to fight penalties for the under-occupation of social housing.
Judicial review proceedings were issued to the High Court on Friday on behalf of the children, who claim the new regulations have failed to take proper account of the needs of vulnerable children and are discriminatory.
Landlords who entered the buy-to-let market five years ago are unlikely to have made any money at all – and could be counting their losses.
Those with buy-to-let mortgages are making losses on their investments, while cash buyers are unlikely to make profits.