Landlady Helena McAleer has launched an important petition that every right-minded citizen of this country should support.
Many readers will have heard of landlords rejecting benefit claimants – but few will have realised that behind that lies a policy of many banks to reject or terminate finance agreements with landlords who accept claimants as tenants.
In the introduction to her petition, Ms McAleer writes:
Some banks refuse mortgages to buy to let landlords who let to welfare recipients. My bank instructed me to “seek an alternative tenant” if I wished to keep my mortgage because my tenant was a welfare recipient.
The government must close these loopholes, as they are a breach of basic human rights.
A survey of 1,137 private landlords for housing charity Shelter in 2017 found that 43% had an outright ban on letting to such claimants (welfare recipients).
This isn’t only because landlords are discriminatory, many banks prohibit landlords from renting to reliable tenants just because of their circumstances. Welfare recipients are not 2nd class citizens they deserve access to safe, secure, habitable, and affordable homes as is their Human Right.
Please sign and share this important petition, which has been released website just today.
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