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When asked why they didn’t want to let properties to younger tenants, the landlords told researchers they were worried younger tenants wouldn’t pay the rent on time or would breach their tenancy agreement in some other way.
The results of the study show that landlords are seeking to mitigate risk wherever possible. Of the landlords still actively renting properties to younger families, 80% said they had put measures in place to ensure the rent was paid on time, including asking for rent guarantors, and in the case of benefits tenants, direct payment of the rent.
At Risk Excluded from PRS
Alan Ward, chairman of the RLA, said the results were worrying, as it showed landlords were not accommodating younger tenants and those on benefits. This group is most at risk of not having a home, so it is vital that the private rental sector can accommodate them.
“We have already held constructive talks with the Government about this and we will keep the situation under review, but there is a need for policymakers to engage further with landlords to consider what more action can be taken to address this decline,” Mr Ward told the Independent.