Housing Benefit Landlords need to speak up

Vincenzo Rampulla NLA Public Affairs Officer

Ever since the Chancellor announced the proposed cuts to LHA the NLA has been arguing that the potential impact will be more disastrous than the politicians are ready for.

Worse still we’ve been horrified at the fallacies seemingly behind these cuts, especially when the Conservative Party had already acknowledged the need to urgently focus on giving back tenants the option of ‘direct payment to landlord’ to help them avoid damaging rent arrears.

This autumn will see a lot more discussion and debate about LHA, but we need this to be based on facts. That is why we’re asking LHA landlords to complete this short survey. We’ll be able to use the data show Government the real impact of these cuts, as their own assessment fails to recognise the true cost to landlords.

Understanding as much as possible about the challenges LHA landlords face, the way that they run their businesses and what impact seemingly small changes to LHA will actually mean for the one-million-plus LHA tenancies in the UK is crucial.

So please fill in the survey and send it to other LHA landlords you know.

3 thoughts on “Housing Benefit Landlords need to speak up

  1. The biggest cause of rent arrears is the payment of LHA direct to tenants. The conservatives promised the tenant choice and they have not delivered. When letting to benefit tenants we have become the social landlord but not enjoying any of the protections which RSLs have. The government want us to house these vulnerable social misfits, carry the burden of less rent and rent arrears and yet still provide quality housing. The only outcome of any cuts to LHA and the continued non payment direct to landlords will be poor quality housing. Landlords cannot carry out maintenance and repairs without guaranteed rent. It is also a fact that the wear and tear on a property where the tenant is at home all day is considerably more than when a person goes out to work.

  2. I have just read the MPs’ debate and how fortunate we are that this new proposal will affect London the most – without it hitting London there would not even be a debate. The rest of the country have always had to grin and bear it.
    Of course the root cause is the continuing turmoil which any government puts the country in with creating inflation by printing money and devaluing existing money. Suddenly housing benefit is costing us twice as much but in real terms it is not. The biggest cost to the tax payer is the inefficiency of local authorities who deliver housing benefit. I remember it being estimated that it cost 84 pence to deliver £1 of housing benefit. Why can’t it be done through the PAYE system? We are overburdened with administration.

  3. The real issue should surely be that even before the cuts, LHA barely reflected the real rents faced by claimants. I’m on the low-rent outskirts of an area assessed at £90 for a single room with shared facilities, yet there’s little sign of that around here, and half-way toward town the minimum rises to £120 without even entering the more desirable central localities of this BRMA where society’s entitled to expect not to have to foot the bill. Another absurdity is the astonishing mismatch between multiples of rooms: one claim to two rooms will fetch far more than two independent single-room claims, which makes no sense whatever and is quite contrary to how lets are priced in the real world.

    Worst of all is the ludicrous gap between a room with shared facilities and a self-contained unit, effectively FORCING claimants who’d be quite happy with a £120 houseshare (for which they can’t get the whole amount outside central London) instead into a £240 claim for a glorified solitary bedsit. The whole system is insane, and needs radical overhaul. The last thing most claimants want is a £1000 deposit requirement for a place where they’ll be alone with just four walls. Give them a decent shared rate and the option of living with “normal” people and the country can SAVE money while keeping shared houses as they are rather than encouraging their fragmentation into lonely, costly “S/C studio” bedsits.

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