Commenting on the decision of the High Court that the Government’s benefit cap should not be imposed on lone parents with children under the age of 2, the RLA’s Policy Director, David Smith said:
“We welcome the court’s decision which will make landlords feel far more secure in renting property to such families.
“The RLA provided research in support of the case which clearly shows the harm that the benefit cap is causing for many in accessing the rental market.
“Whilst is it pleasing that the court has ruled in this way we urge the Government to use it as an opportunity for wider reforms to the welfare system to give greater confidence to both landlords and tenants that rents can and will be paid on time.”
The RLA represents over 50,000 private sector residential landlords in England and Wales.
The RLA is calling for a fairer approach to welfare, including:
- Enabling tenants to choose, where they would prefer it, to have the housing element of Universal Credit paid directly to their landlord;
- Abolishing the 1 week waiting period required before a tenant can apply for Universal Credit and to continue to work on making the whole system more efficient; and
- Ensuring a system is in place to allow landlords to swiftly recover rent arrears built up by Universal Credit claimants.