Overcrowded Accommodation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Shadow Minister (Transport) 2:30 pm, 20th May 2008

Has it dawned on the Minister that the move to pay housing benefit directly to tenants rather than to landlords for new tenancies will result in an increase in evictions and a reluctance among private landlords to let their houses to people on benefit?

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Colin Wigglesworth
Posted on 21 May 2008 11:54 am (Report this annotation)

Robert Goodwill is absolutely correct with his comment. My daughter and son in law kept their old house with a buy to rent mortgage. Their first tenant received money direct from the local Council which she spent on a holiday for her. She never caught up with the arrears and complained bitterly when she was told she would have to leave. Luckily they had received a £500-00 bond to cover any damage to the property. The bond was used up in rent arrears and thankfully there was no damage to the property.

Colin Wigglesworth

Brenda Southwell
Posted on 21 May 2008 3:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Several years ago, we rented out our house to tenants who received the rent directly from the DHSS but kept saying it had not been paid to them. We suspected otherwise but as we were not the tenants, merely the landlords, the authorities would not speak to us. We found the government department to be very unhelpful and evasive and would never want to rent out a house again.