Pressure of benefits cuts

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More than half of landlords have experienced late payments in the past year, with housing benefit cuts expected to put further pressure on tenants, according to the National Landlords Association.

It carried out a survey of nearly 600 landlords from across the country, including South Yorkshire, which found 52 per cent of landlords have reported rent arrears in the past 12 months.

The average late-paying tenant owed £730.

Some 62 per cent of landlords believe the lettings business is becoming more difficult.

David Salusbury, chairman of the National Landlords Association, said: “The Government’s cuts to housing benefits will only put further pressure on tenants struggling to pay their rents.”