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BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

MPs on parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government have called for greater financial support to be provided to all tenants during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The committee wants the Local Housing Allowance to be set at a rate that reflects real market rents, which is something landlords have long been calling for. 

Research carried out by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) shows that the vast majority of landlords approached for help by tenants struggling as a result of coronavirus are responding positively.


Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, commented: “We want to see that [housing benefits] continue to ensure tenancies can be sustained. We have long called for benefits to cover rents which would be by far best option for tenants and landlords alike.”

Responding to the Committee’s recommendations to the procedures around property repossessions, Beadle added: “We support the government’s efforts to ensure that landlords and tenants seek first to reach a mutually agreeable solution where rent arrears have built up as a result of coronavirus.  These ‘pre-action protocols’ balance the needs of landlords and tenants and contain genuine, compelling sanctions to ensure good practice.

“The NRLA will continue to work with the government to ensure that its plans are meaningful and workable for both tenants and landlords.”

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Poll: Would you like to see benefits cover rents?


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    of course this makes sense as it is easier for UC to collect the rent repayments shortfall when this is over and save tenants been evicted

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    If landlords do not get their rents,they can not afford to rent,simple!

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    Yet the government is currently paying out unbelievably vast sums to support those without incomes and who have lost their businesses - indeed half the UK working population now relies on government payments right now - furloughing, benefits, pensions, etc. etc. With so many people not working and therefore not paying income tax, no restaurants/bar/hotels open and few shops open so little VAT coming in, there has to be a limit. So now even more payments from government are suggested? Surely landlords and tenants can sit down like sensible and mutually sympathetic grown-ups and come up with temporary solutions to rent shortfalls - which won't be ideal for them individually but which at least they can live with during this time ……..


    Only problem is that the Gov't is unable to act like a sensible grown up so all the drum beating will never get heard or acted on.

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    One landlord with one property and one tenant. Maybe there is help but unlikely or only in a small way

    One landlord with ~10 properties then I would guess help will be available for one or two tenants.

    Same landlord with ten tenants all wanting help - no chance at all.

    Large company with hundreds of flats - geared up with bailiffs and solicitors for quick evictions. If you can put up a business case for short term help then help would probably be forthcoming but if you are never likely to get work again for six years then eviction as fast as possible.

    Every let is different . Don't come here and parrot on about how landlords must always help. There is no must about it but changing tenants can be expensive so if that can be avoided then that will be a win for both.

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    How about an additional one off housing payment to all benefit tenants to make up for the serious shortfall over the past decade?

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    I have answered, 'Yes' but would qualify that as it must be means tested and only payable up to certain levels where justified.
    Covid hasn't made anything Free and if the tenant is furloughed and able to pay full rent, then pay only that part.( they couldn't afford )

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    NRLA - supporting Pre-Action Protocol !!! - is like Turkeys voting for Xmas
    The protocol considerably lengthens the procession process and if a tenants makes the landlord what the court determine is a reasonable offer to repay the rent ( regardless of how long that might take ! ) the court does Not have to grant Possession.

    What Landlord representative body could support that ?

     G romit

    ...the NRLA are turning out to be just as limp wristed as the NLA & RLA before them.


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