The rent arrears briefing found that the most important factors that contribute to rent arrears are the type of property, housing benefit status and length of tenancy. As a result flats, maisonettes and bedsits require more intensive management to achieve a given level of arrears.
- Tenants in flats, maisonettes and bedsits have higher arrears on average than other property types.
- Flats, maisonettes and bedsits cost more to manage than other property types.
- Tenants whose housing benefit status changes during the year have significantly higher arrears on average than those on full housing benefit, partial housing benefit or not in receipt of housing benefit at all.
- New tenants build up arrears very quickly but benefit entitlement checks and follow up visits help prevent arrears building up.
- Arrears build up most quickly during the summer months rather than at Christmas as had been assumed.
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