Last refuge Premium12 June 2014 | by John Morrish
One of the foundation stones for a good life, few are more important than a secure home. But according to Britain’s Benefit Tenants (12 June), two million people now struggle to pay their rent, which means eviction is always waiting in the wings. Grinding poverty, though, provides its own business opportunities. A new breed of letting agent specialises in getting claimants and the intermittently insolvent into homes – and, when necessary, out of homes. Here we followed two busy firms. In the north-east, Castledene found homes for people with no money and fewer social graces. Meanwhile, Beanstalk Lettings, in the north-west, specialised in “accelerated eviction orders”. This kind-hearted film opted to show us tenants – often very bad tenants – recei
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