Arts > Last refuge

12 June 2014 | by John Morrish

Last refuge


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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