Private landlords evicts tenants receiving housing benefit

The Guardian reports that one of Britain’s “best-known landlords has issued eviction notices to every tenant who is on welfare, and told letting agents that he will not accept any more applicants who need housing benefit”. Owning about 1000 properties in Kent, the landlord considers those in receipt of housing benefit as too likely to go into rent arrears as benefit levels drop and rents increase. The eviction notices concern about 200 tenants, the Guardian reports. The landlord may be “heartless”, as some complain. But above all they may be – unfortunately – economically rational in the light of current housing and benefit policies.

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