Landlords urged to stick with tenants on benefits
Landlords who have buy-to-let properties with tenants on benefits
in them have been urged to stick with those living in their houses
rather than trying to bring in other replacements.
It is feared that new changes to benefits regulations, which will
see many families (as many as 56,000) earn £91 less per week,
could see landlords look for more affluent tenants as those on
benefits struggle to pay their rent.
One of the biggest issues at the moment is that demand for rental
properties means landlords who are facing arrears on their houses
need not fear a home sitting open when they look for an
However, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Commons Public
Accounts Committee, said: "Cuts in payments will add uncertainty
and increased hardship to the lives of individuals who are already
struggling to get by. There is a real risk of increased
homelessness, which on top of the human cost will simply transfer
costs to other public services."