Universal Credit continues to plunge vulnerable renters into desperate living situations

August 23rd, 2019

In response to a new report published by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), revealing that 54% of private landlords with tenants claiming Universal Credit have seen them fall into rent arrears in the past 12 months, Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM, said:

“This is yet more proof that the rollout of Universal Credit is plunging the most vulnerable in our society into precarious and desperate living situations.

“It is also shameful to see that 36% of landlords won’t rent to benefits claimants due to discriminatory conditions imposed by mortgage lenders.

“We know that the end of a private rented sector tenancy is now the number one factor driving rising levels of homelessness, a situation exacerbated by the Local Housing Allowance freeze.

“From City Hall, the Mayor of London is standing up for renters in the capital by pushing for vital and long-overdue tenancy reforms, such as rent controls and an end to no-fault evictions.

“There is a clear and ever-pressing need for the Government to reverse the welfare cuts and caps imposed under austerity, and provide City Hall with the funding it needs to meet the huge demand for genuinely affordable homes.”



  • Tom Copley AM is a Londonwide Assembly Member.