October 2017 Private Sector Rent Arrears


More than one in three private landlords of universal credit claimants report that their tenants are in rent arrears, according to new research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

The RLA has undertaken a survey and analyses the responses of 2,974 landlords across the UK finding that, where they attempted to evict a tenant in the past 12 months, in the majority of cases (60 per cent) this was due to rent arrears, with tenants on average owing £1,000.

In addition, the survey found that of those who let to tenants on universal credit:


38 per cent of landlords reported that they have experienced tenants on universal credit going into rent arrears in the past 12 months

53 per cent successfully requested an alternative payment arrangement

45 per cent reported that the DWP were unhelpful when contacted and

64 per cent of landlords reported that the issue of rent arrears for universal credit tenants was one of the leading reasons for attempting to regain possession of the property


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