Rent arrears up in wake of bedroom tax
Social landlords taking part in a benefit reform focus group have seen rent arrears soar among tenants affected by the bedroom tax.
Inside Housing set up the focus group in March to monitor the impact of benefit reform on social landlords and their tenants. This week the group of 10 landlords revealed 11,132 of their tenants who have been hit by the bedroom tax are now in arrears - 3,382 more than were in debt at the outset.
Between them, our group reported that 53 per cent of tenants affected by the bedroom tax are now in arrears - up from 35 per cent in March.
Robert Nettleton, chief executive of 3,978-home Coastline Housing, which is part of the forum, said: ‘Many of these people are vulnerable and on a low income.’