Quarterly Research Report – 2020, Quarter 1

This survey looks at the experiences of landlords who let property to tenants who claim Universal Credit (UC). It shows that the experience of landlords in navigating the UC system remains problematic. The system, and not the client,  is often the cause of rent arrears. The impact being that landlords become reluctant to let to tenants who require UC to meet their rent obligations.  There is support among landlords for Guaranteed Rent Schemes, but more needs to be done to demonstrate competent property and tenant management.    

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Homelessness has a devastating effect on those experiencing it

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Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector

The research found that security of tenure is not a cause of increasing homelessness from the private rented sector. Most tenancies are ended by tenants rather than landlords. Where landlords ended tenancies under ‘no fault’ routes, rent arrears was the most common reason cited by landlords for terminations. Rather, it is the introduction in 2008 of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) as a means of calculating Housing Benefit payments, and subsequent changes to LHA rates, that is driving the increase in homelessness from the private rented sector.

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Benefit Changes Drive Increase in Homelessness from Rented Housing

Changes to the benefits system are behind the decade-long increase in homelessness from private rented housing, according to a new report published today. Research by the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University for the Residential Landlords Association has found that a key driver of homelessness from the private rented sector has been the introduction in 2008 of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), as a way of calculating Housing Benefit payments for low-income households.

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How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless. Recently, there have been a lot of policy changes that affect the most vulnerable in society and their ability to access a safe and secure home in the PRS. We review our research and activities to date and look to what the future could hold.

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Universal Credit Fueling Rent Arrears in the Private Rented Sector

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Can the government regain the confidence of Landlords?

The private rented sector has experienced significant change over the past 2 years; from regulative change to the reform of taxation. All at a time when the private rented sector is increasingly important in the provision of homes for millions of people.

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