Landlord Incentives for Welsh Benefit Tenants

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Welsh Housing Minister Rebecca Evans has said that she wants to help Welsh benefit tenants by offering buy to let investment landlords incentives to take them in.

The housing minister feels that landlords should be encouraged to see the plus points of having tenants in receipt of benefits rather than the negatives.

She addressed the Residential Landlords Association’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff, saying that there are risks around tenants in receipt of benefits, due to benefits not meeting market rents and concerns about rent payments not being met in full and on time.

However, she wants to see the Welsh Government do more to help Welsh benefit tenants.

She said: ‘I want to find ways to eradicate the no DSS barrier. Poverty should not be allowed to be the basis for discrimination. I want to see the Welsh Government do more to support landlords who are willing to widen access by providing security of income, protecting against voids and losses and ensuring support for tenants during the duration of their agreement and helping to improve the standard of the property they are renting.’

She feels that in return landlords could offer longer tenancies to Welsh benefit tenants and low-income families.

She continued: ‘We are currently working on an exciting proposal to make an attractive offer of this type and it is one I want to move forward on at pace. These are exciting times for housing in Wales.’

A recent report from the National Housing Federation and Shelter found that one in ten rental properties in England and Wales are likely to be advertised unlawfully by explicitly discriminating against people who rely on housing benefit.

Douglas Haig, the RLA vice chair and director for Wales, commented: ‘With increasing numbers of vulnerable people looking to the private rented sector for a place to live it is vital that landlords have the support need to manage and meet the needs of such tenants.’

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