Do State Benefits Equate to Second Class Citizens in Renting?

That’s how a single mum, Rosie Keogh, felt when a letting agency rejected her application because she was on state benefit. Rosie had been living in the same property for 11 years and paying her rent in full each month, before she applied for a property in Kings Heath in Birmingham. As a housing benefit …

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Changing Times – Universal Credit

The start of 2018 heralds some new changes again for Universal Credit in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, yet in different ways for the separate countries. Universal Credit was introduced by former Conservative Leader, Iain Duncan Smith. He created it with the aim to help make the system simpler by introducing one single payment to …

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“No DSS” – Whose Choice is it Anyway: Banks or Landlord’s? 3

It is a well-known fact that tenants on benefits find it more difficult to secure a rental property than those who are not. Often the accusing finger is pointed at the landlord. However, there are significant underlying factors that make it difficult for landlords to rent their properties to those on benefits. It’s not necessarily a …

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