Rent arrear

(Law) a rent reserved on a conveyance of land in fee simple, or granted out of lands by deed; - so called because, by a covenant or clause in the deed of conveyance, the land is charged with a distress for the payment of it.
- Blackstone.

See also: Rent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Northumberland: Latest figures up to end of November: Total level of social housing rent arrears owed to the council PS657,174; Amount of new rent arrear cases from April 2013 when "bedroom tax" was introduced PS69715 (10.6% of total arrears) Sunderland: No figures supplied.
WITH double the number of residents in rent arrears and a bill reaching into the millions, the shocking hidden costs of the welfare reforms have been revealed in a new report.
This includes an estimated PS1m in rent arrears due to the bedroom tax.
The report looked closely at the bedroom tax, and said 66% of people affected by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears - this is double the number from before the changes.
Your Homes Newcastle, the arms length management organisation responsible for managing council homes on behalf of the council, has seen rent arrears increase from PS490,554 to PS764,762 between March and December last year.