Welfare reform is making it difficult to let homes
There is pressure on social landlords due to welfare reform creating a “new breed” of difficult to let homes, reports the Chartered Institute of Housing.
94% of landlords surveyed by the CIH are experiencing an increased pressure on their letting or allocation systems. Over half are experiencing a loss of rental income as a result of void properties which can’t be let due to welfare reform.
Almost two thirds of respondents have reported struggling to let two and three bedroom homes as a result of the bedroom tax and the shortfall created by the housing benefit cap.
The survey looked at social landlords and strategic housing authorities in England have revealed a lack of smaller homes for existing under-occupying tenants to down-size to, reports Inside Housing.
44% of respondents have reported a lack of capacity to meet demand from applicants in the highest priority applicants, this include homeless households as a key concern. Over a third claimed that market changes increased the level of demand for social rented homes.
Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: ‘It is deeply concerning that available homes are now difficult to let because of their size, and that housing providers are struggling to meet demand from homeless people.’
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