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Struggling with benefit changes? Contact your council - £20m unclaimed last year

More than £20m meant to help those struggling with housing costs following benefit reforms wasn't spent by councils

Payday lenders to share real-time information on borrowers

Payday lenders are to use an information sharing service on consumers' borrowing habits to help improve loan decisions

Rent payments on credit files 'should help tenants'

A new scheme to put rent payments on credit files will start next year, understands

Rogue letting agents face Government crackdown

Letting and property management agents will be forced to join a redress scheme and sign up to a tenants' charter

Do you rent your home? You can switch energy supplier and save

If you live in rented accommodation and pay energy bills, you should know you can switch suppliers just like homeowners

Letting agents must be upfront about fees, ad watchdog says

Letting agents have to be up-front about fees in ads for rental properties, says the Advertising Standards Authority

Student rent costs soar by 8.5%

Student rent prices have soared by 8.5% in the past year, with the average price of a room now reaching £357 per month

Rents freeze as more people opt to buy homes

Rents across England and Wales stayed the same between May and June as mortgages become more easily available

MPs call for tougher letting rules

'Cowboy' letting agents who behave badly and charge rip-off fees must face tougher sanctions, MPs have urged

Letting agency fees 'truly out of control'

Tenants are having to go without food and heating to cover 'out of control' letting agency costs, says Shelter

Cost of renting a home falls slightly

Private rents in England and Wales fell for the fourth month in a row in February - but by just 0.1%

Tenants 'forced to use payday loans' to beat rent hikes

Shelter says renters are resorting to payday loans and dipping into their children's savings to hang onto their homes