8 Dec

NLA calls for Local Housing Allowance shake-up

NLA calls for Local Housing Allowance shake-up

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has called on the government to make wholesale changes to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

Representing private residential landlords across the UK, the NLA is pushing for a reform of the LHA system.

According to the NLA, landlords are coming under increasing financial pressure because tenants are failing to pass on rent payments.

It estimated that total rent arrears across the country relating to the LHA could be £220 million, with individual landlords taking on an average of £4,400 each.

NLA chairman David Salusbury said that the government should bring forward its planned review of the LHA.

"If ministers are serious about the importance of the contribution the private-rented sector makes to the housing mix, then tenants' right to choose to have their housing benefit paid direct to their landlords must be reinstated immediately," he asserted.

The NLA hopes that its calls will be heard ahead of the chancellor's pre-budget report, which is expected on December 9th.

Commentators anticipate that the recession and the forthcoming general election will dominate the paper.
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