Citizens Advice stands by claim that 2.6 million renters have defaulted after landlord criticism

The National Residential Landlords Association has slammed Citizens Advice for over-egging rental default levels, but the charity tells LandlordZONE it stands by its figures. Citizens Advice has today stood by its claim yesterday that 2.6 million tenants have already defaulted on their rent or were expecting to when the next rent payment deadline arrives. Speaking […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Citizens Advice stands by claim that 2.6 million renters have defaulted after landlord criticism | LandlordZONE.

Citizens Advice stands by claim that 2.6 million renters have defaulted after landlord criticism

The National Residential Landlords Association has slammed Citizens Advice for over-egging rental default levels, but the charity tells LandlordZONE it stands by its figures.

Citizens Advice has today stood by its claim yesterday that 2.6 million tenants have already defaulted on their rent or were expecting to when the next rent payment deadline arrives.

Speaking to LandlordZONE, the charity said about 4.9% of the overall population has missed, or is expected to miss, a rent payment to a private landlord as a result of Coronavirus.

This is based on a poll of 2,016 UK adults, 15% of whom were renters, and found that 99 had missed or would miss paying rent.

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) insists that rent default issues are not as bad as bad as this and has crossed swords with Citizens Advice over its latest data.

And it says that Citizens Advice’s small, generalised survey has produced different results from a recent, specialised survey of renters reported in The Guardian recently, which revealed that only 2% had missed a rent payment, although 12% were struggling to pay their rent.

Chris Norris, NRLA policy director, calls the Citizens Advice data “a crude simplification”. He adds: “It’s potentially very misleading to extrapolate figures from such a small sample.”

He says that while most tenants are continuing to pay their rents in full and on time, it will continue to call for greater support for those struggling to pay.

“This should include ensuring benefits cover entirely the cost of people’s rents where they need it and scrapping the five-week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit.”

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Battle lines are drawn in Durham as students lobby private landlords to waive rent

The university-dominated city’s students claim they are struggling to pay their rent after being told ‘go home’ after campuses were closed during the pandemic. Durham has become the latest battleground between private landlords and students where the owners of student halls have been slammed for demanding the final term’s rent. Despite Durham University announcing that […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Battle lines are drawn in Durham as students lobby private landlords to waive rent | LandlordZONE.

Battle lines are drawn in Durham as students lobby private landlords to waive rent

The university-dominated city’s students claim they are struggling to pay their rent after being told ‘go home’ after campuses were closed during the pandemic.

Durham has become the latest battleground between private landlords and students where the owners of student halls have been slammed for demanding the final term’s rent.

Despite Durham University announcing that students who had been living in university-owned accommodation wouldn’t be expected to pay their final term’s rent for rooms they’d left during the crisis, the students’ union says some privately-owned purpose-built student accommodation landlords are still charging for their empty rooms.

Union president Kate McIntosh and the city’s MP Mary Foy have written to providers asking for an option to end agreements early and, “to do the right thing, and adopt a policy which protects the well-being and security of their tenants during this difficult time”.

Some providers have released students from their contracts, while others have yet to reply and are still requesting rent payments from students, says McIntosh.

Empty rooms

“We’ve had lots of enquiries from students who’ve been left struggling to pay for empty rooms and are running out of options.

“Many feel let down and abandoned by big private accommodation providers, which should have the resources and capacity to be compassionate towards their tenants, and allow them to end their contracts and rent payments early if they need to.”

Other student accommodation providers around the country have also been criticised for not offering a rent rebate, such as at Palamon Court – a Rhodaus Town development owned by Ridge Holdings Ltd – and Canterbury Student Manor in Parham Road, owned by Graduate Two Ltd – both in Canterbury, as reported by LandlordZONE last month.

An online petition at change.org calling for students to be let off paying rent this term has been signed by more than 76,000 people.

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