Friday, April 20, 2007
RLA chairman Lee Dribben: "The trouble is ... the money is often spent on other priorities instead of paying the rent and there are no winners from a situation that just encourages more rent arrears. Landlords can't afford to take that sort of financial loss on a routine basis while they chase defaulting tenants who have already spent their rent allowance on other things. Vulnerable low-income tenants, who already have difficulty managing their money, are being driven further into debt. And the resulting withdrawal of affordable private sector rented housing from the claimant market would shift crippling pressure onto the public sector.