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Clarity provided for agents in North of England

03 August 2020

On the evening of Thursday 30 July, the UK Government announced a tightening on restrictions for some areas within the North of England in order to protect against the risks to public health arising from Coronavirus. Read More...

Ten new courts unveiled to tackle evictions proceedings backlog

30 July 2020

The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland announced on 19 July 2020 the locations for ten ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been rapidly set up with the aim of tackling the impact of Coronavirus on the justice system. Read More...

Demand from tenants and rental supply highest on record for June

30 July 2020

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) June report saw the number of new prospective tenants continue to rise, following the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown, with the average branch registering 79 new tenants, compared to 70 on average in May. Read More...

Court rules 'No DSS' letting bans unlawful

Tuesday 14 July 2020

After a recent case where a mother of two had been refused rented accommodation because she received housing benefits, a judge has ruled that blanket bans are unlawful and discriminatory.

The mother’s landmark case was supported by housing charity Shelter when a letting agent refused her application for a property and she ended up homeless.

In a highly significant court hearing, District Judge, Victoria Mark ruled "No DSS" rental bans are against equality laws as by "rejecting tenancy applications because the applicant is in receipt of housing benefit was unlawfully discriminating on the grounds of sex and disability".

Landlords and agents who continue to refuse to rent to housing benefit claimants face the risk of legal action.

What ARLA Propertymark is doing

ARLA Propertymark has consistently highlighted the issues faced by both tenants and landlords with Universal Credit being paid in arrears. The design of the system with payments made in arrears makes paying rent on time impossible for many tenants and this presents issues for landlords who are relying on the rent to make mortgage payments.

We have repeatedly raised concerns over the cap in Local Housing Allowance, which in many areas precludes recipients from accessing good quality and well-managed accommodation.

ARLA Propertymark is a member of the DWP Universal Credit Private Rented Sector Strategic Landlord Group and has worked hard to lobby for change in order to improve how Universal Credit works in the private rented sector.

In June 2019, David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark attended a roundtable at Number 10 to discuss the negative impacts of ‘No DSS’ adverts.

Resources

Members can log in to the Members Area to access our Fact Sheets ‘Universal Credit and Private Rented Housing’, where you’ll find one specific to England and Wales and another for Scotland.