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Rip-off Rents

  • Used to describe extortionate rent.
  • Used derogatively to belittle honest landlords perceived as charging to much rent, particularlry by social tenants whose benefits do not cover the full payment leaving the tenant to fund the 'top up' not provided by the tenant's benefits, housing allowance or universal credit.
  • Some members of the public resent that their taxes are used by the government to pay Housing Benefit thereby benefiting landlords.
  • Often Landlords accepting benefit recipients suffer the highest loss of rent arrears leading to significant numbers of landlords having their properties reposesed.
  • Many landlords actually subsidise the state.
Published: 29 September 2015 Last Updated: 30 November 2021