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Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who are claiming benefits.

An analysis of 11,000 advertisements - for apartments and rooms - found that all but a few hundred said explicitly that benefit claimants were not welcome; a higher proportion would accept non-benefit tenants who had pets.

The BBC analysed listings for London and 18 other towns and cities across England.

- Out of 11,806 adverts for rooms to let, just two per cent were open to people on benefits.

- The website's listings showed not a single vacancy for a benefit claimant in Bournemouth, Exeter, Leicester, Liverpool, Norwich, Oxford or Reading.

- Plymouth had the highest rate of acceptance, but even that was just 10 per cent of rooms, 15 out of 144.

- Across the 19 areas with the most available rooms, there were twice as many lets that accepted pets as accepted housing benefit claimants.​

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    Perhaps the BBC should do a survey of mortgage companies and insurers to establish which of those excludes benefit claimants as tenants.


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