Private landlords may be among those who are affected by the delay in students receiving their loans and grants this year.

According to the Student Loans Company, there could be as many as 70,000 university goers still waiting for financial backing to aid their studies.

Some students will need the government loan to pay their landlord rent, so there is a chain of people that the hold-up impacts upon.

Michael Payne, chair of Unions 94, a group of student unions, told BBC News the delay is "inexcusable".

"This administrative mess highlights why the review of student support and funding should be wide ranging and not just a case of fees;how high,"he added.

Association of Residential Letting Agents operations manager Ian Potter recently claimed that landlord rent arrears are more common during periods of recession and advised property professionals to take out insurance to protect their income.

Written by Claire Doyle
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