Fergus Wilson, the private landlord tycoon with approximately 1000 properties, has taken the decision to evict around 200 DSS tenants in favour of eastern european tenants.
Mr Wilson claims that there is now a significant gap between private rents and DSS payments providing...
‘The gap is such that I have taken the decision to withdraw from taking tenants on housing benefit,’ he told The Guardian. ‘From what I can gather just about all other landlords have done the same. Our situation is that not one of our working tenants is in arrears – all those in arrears are on housing benefit.'
‘Tenants on benefits are competing with Eastern Europeans who came to the UK in 2005 and have built up a good enough credit record to rent privately,’ Mr Wilson said.
‘We’ve found them to be a good category of tenant who don’t default on the rent. With tenants on benefits the number of defaulters outnumbers the ones who pay on time.
‘Single mothers on benefits have been displaced to the bottom of the pile; sympathy for this group is disappearing. There aren’t enough places for people to live.’
William Taylor, Director at Martin & Co Huddersfield (Estate Agent Huddersfield, Letting Agent Huddersfield and Property Management Huddersfield) added 'we deal with a large number of landlords that will not accept housing benefit payments. Unfortunately we have to turn a number of people away daily. Many of our landlords state the payment system is what they disagree with. They would rather have direct payments to their agent ratehr than via the tenant.'