One landlords' association is warning that more than 200,000 renters who
have racked up rent arrears may now fail tenant referencing.
This means that renters will find it increasingly difficult to find
alternative rental accommodation because their credit scores will have been
The warning comes from the National Residential Landlords' Association (NRLA) who
have carried out a survey.
Of the 2,000 tenants they questioned, they say 7% of them have built-up
rent arrears since the pandemic began 15 months ago.
Of those tenants in arrears, 25% say that their landlord has sought a court
order to reclaim what they are owed - but this then damaged the tenant's
Average amount owed in rent arrears
The average amount owed in rent arrears is £900, but 30% of tenants owe at
The NRLA also says that more than 80% of those in arrears currently, were
not in arrears when the pandemic began.
Also, most of those tenants will not qualify for emergency housing support
from their local council.
Ben Beadle, the NRLA's chief executive, said: "The Chancellor has failed to
provide tenants with the support that is needed, especially for the
majority in rent arrears who will not qualify for benefit support."
The managing director of Accommodation for Students, Simon
Thompson, said: "This is a worrying situation for landlords who have
tenants in arrears - they need to reclaim the rent they are owed, and this
illustrates why the government needs to step in with a financial package
that helps both landlords and their tenants."
Landlords must use new tenancy forms
Landlords in England must use new tenancy forms that have been released by
the Government for assured and secure tenancies - or risk having processes,
including possession, deemed invalid.
The new tenancy forms have been introduced because of the reduced notice
period which has fallen to four months, from six months previously.
The notice periods for serious cases are also shorter:
· Notice for anti-social behaviour: Immediate to four weeks' notice
· Notice for rent arrears of more than four months: Four weeks’ notice
· Notice for domestic abuse in the social housing sector: Between two and
· Notice for breaching Right to Rent immigration rules: Two weeks' notice
· Notice for making a false statement: Between two and four weeks.
The notice period for those tenants with less than four months of rent
arrears, will be changed to two months' notice.
Arla Propertymark is advising all members and letting agents to update
their current systems with the
Government's new tenancy forms