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Private landlords call for help reclaiming Universal Credit rent arrears

05 December, 20170 Comments
Landlords are calling on the Government to create a mechanism for them to reclaim any rent arrears built up by Universal Credit (UC) claimants who move out of their property. Research by the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) has revealed 36% of private landlords have more confidence to rent to tenants on UC as a result
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Autumn Budget 2017 | Items of interest for Private Landlords

23 November, 20170 Comments
Housing – Stamp duty abolished for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000 – estimated 80% of first time buyers to benefit. – For first time buyers in London there will be no stamp duty on the first £300,000 of the purchase price. Longer tenancies – The government will consult on the barriers to landlords
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Homelessness – A thing of the past?

13 September, 20170 Comments
*OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE* North Somerset Council are now working in collaboration with local landlords on a brand new solution “The Ark Passport Scheme” to help more benefit assisted and low income tenants secure private rented accommodation. A shortage of affordable housing and the introduction of Universal credit*, which restricts the payments of rents direct to landlords,
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Latest Universal Credit Survey reveals rent arrears exceed £6.68 million

30 August, 20170 Comments
A report measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords in England, reveals the undue stress and hardship individuals are experiencing claiming Universal Credit – where nearly a third of all households living in council and ALMO owned homes were in rent arrears as at the 31st March 2017. Undertaken in May 2017,
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Welfare Reform via Universal Credit | New helpline for landlords launches

29 August, 20171 Comments
The Department for Work and Pensions has recently introduced a new helpline for landlords whose Universal Credit tenants will not communicate with them. Private landlords who find themselves unable to obtain the tenants co-operation to get DWP to supply information when it comes to enquiries about major payments, e.g. a direct payments to the landlord,
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Old enough to fight for their country, but not to get housing help – Housing Benefit axed for 18-21 year olds

27 March, 20170 Comments
As the younger generation find it harder and harder to get onto the property ladder, from this weekend Housing Benefit will be axed for 18-21 year-olds. Ministers have decided to go ahead with potentially catastrophic plans to force young unemployed people to live with their parents or pay their own rent, first unveiled by Cameron and
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Landlords and politicians demand overhaul of flawed welfare reform policy

08 February, 20170 Comments
Landlords and politicians are demanding an overhaul of the UK’s welfare system, claiming that thousands of benefit claimants are facing rent arrears, debt and eviction as a direct result of policy design flaws within the Universal Credit model. The Government’s ‘flagship welfare reform’ sees six benefit payouts combined into one monthly payment, replacing some of the
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20% of landlords failing to renew RGI policies in the last quarter

04 January, 20170 Comments
With people twice as likely to break up between Christmas and Valentine’s Day compared to any other time of year, where legal advisers and psychologists have dubbed January ‘Divorce Month’, we are worried to learn how many landlords are not renewing their rent guarantee insurance policies after the first year. Startling statistics released by our insurance partners RentSafeUK
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