Letting agents evicting people suffering from benefit cuts

by Gary Whittaker

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Letting agents have begun to serve eviction notices to people who are unable to pay their rent as their benefits have been cut.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has reduced its housing allowance for single people from two rooms to one, leaving some people who rely on the benefits short of money.

A local letting agent has now started to serve eviction notices to those affected by the cuts and without the money to pay their rent.

Haverhill letting agents CXG said red tape had affected the situation.

Robin Piley, a director of CXG, told the Haverhill Weekly News that councils may eventually pay more than they are going to save by cutting the benefits to find houses for people who become homeless as a result.

"We have had to issue the first eviction notices," he commented.

This comes after Tessa Shepperson, a solicitor at LandlordLaw.co.uk, said that a good tenant can be difficult to find, so landlords should be lenient with them if they had always paid on time and were having a temporary cash flow problem.

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