An open letter to the mainstream media
With the controversy around Universal Credit becoming almost explosive and as rent arrears mount up & the housing benefit monies are spent on other things (drink, drugs, pay day loans, etc – which are extremely detrimental to ALL of our communities) Landlord Referencing Services are now seeing a massive influx of landlords AND letting agents joining our free tenant referencing system (literally hundreds every week now).
We believe that this is because landlords AND letting agents are now starting to realise that the only way to protect themselves against non-paying tenants in these times of austerity and benefit cuts is to not take them on in the first place.
Our courts are overloaded and cannot cope and the methods of checking tenants histories are becoming almost obsolete, therefore desperate landlords are now turning to the only (free) tool available to them; via Network Referencing at LRS.
We would like to make it clear that landlordreferencing.co.uk is not some sort of “black-list website for landlords”, but simply a social networking site where landlords can protect themselves against potential rent arrears and in-turn provide the best tenants with the homes that they so rightly deserve. This in-turn gives us better communities all around.
The Government’s “flagship” welfare reform via Universal Credit will only make thousands more tenants homeless in the UK, as well as heaping even more debt onto the country and the tax payer (especially if the option of Housing Benefit being paid directly to the landlord is abolished) e.g. Failed UC Pilots.
The irony of it is, is it would seem that the only help that good tenants, good landlords and communities are getting is from a free website started up by a landlord and supported by many prevalent figures in the industry.
This story is set to keep on growing and evolving as it is at the heart of millions of people and thousands of communities across the UK, as more and more landlords will inevitably find themselves in more debt via arrears and tenants on low incomes will find it near on impossible to keep their heads above water.
Therefore the whole team at LRS hope that YOU can assist us in bringing this story to the mainstream media (simply by sharing this page) and stand alongside us in a united front against idiotic legislation and an out of touch Government.
Universal Credit could be the downfall of the Private Rental Sector taking on benefit tenants in good properties – and will only escalate homelessness, child poverty, ghettos AND rogue landlords.