A new online directory has been set up to help landlords in the fight against rent dodgers.

Mark Taylor of Taylor Housing told the Evening Telegraph that the site could prove to be a useful service for all landlords, as tenants who do not pay the rent are "becoming something of an epidemic that's got to be stopped".

The directory offers several pieces of information, including how much money the tenant owes, the address of the property where the arrears were incurred and a link that enables any prospective landlord to communicate with the current landlord directly if any further information is needed.

"I think the directory is a wonderful idea and a useful tool,"Mr Taylor said.

However, Shelter Scotland's housing aid centre manager for Dundee Martin Wilkie-McFarlane said it is unfair to label someone a rent dodger "based solely on the word of the landlord"and suggested that taking such action could be defamatory.

The BBC reported today (June 16th) that some landlords are finding it increasingly difficult to collect rent from tenants receiving Local Housing Allowance benefits.

Under new changes to the system, landlords receive rent payments from the tenants receiving the benefit, rather than directly from the government.

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