ARLA Propertymark has responded to the launch of the campaign by National Housing Federation and Shelter against private landlords not letting to those on housing benefit.
Sector leaders from the private rented sector have said landlords and letting agents not renting to those on benefits is not their fault.
Responding as the Shelter and the National Housing Federation call on the private sector to stop the practice of not allowing renters from housing benefit, ARLA Propertymark shifted the blame to government.
David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, said: “This is a systemic problem with how housing benefit works. Rents are paid in advance, whereas housing benefit is paid in arrears, and therefore with such a shortage of rental accommodation, landlords and agents will naturally choose a tenant who can pay the rent when it is due, rather than a tenant who is always a month in arrears.