Private landlords gain about £27 billion a year from housing benefit and tax breaks, according to the Generation Rent lobby group.
There are about 1.6 million buy-to-let landlords in the UK, and about 4.75 million households rent from them. Numbers both of landlords and of private tenants are rising.
The £27 billion total comes from:
£9.3 billion of housing benefit
£1.69 billion of “wear-and-tear” tax relief landlords can claim on their properties
£6.63 billion of tax that landlords do not have to pay on mortgage interest payments