Shadow Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP, announced that should the Conservative Party form the next Government, they would reinstate Housing Benefit tenants' choice to have rent paid direct to their landlords. This would bring the end of the malfunctioning Local Housing Allowance which requires councils to pay rent directly to tenants who, in many cases, are failing to pass on these payments to their landlords.
Mr Shapps's announcement at a Crisis Conference in Birmingham said:
"It strikes me that the current situation is bad for everyone and I can see no reason why people on Local Housing Allowance shouldn't enjoy the freedom to have their Housing Benefit paid direct to their landlord. Our proposal will destigmatise the system and increase the amount of affordable home available."
Since the malfunctioning LHA was introduced in April 2008, not only has the NLA Campaigns Team been lobbying the Government to bring forward their LHA review but it's also been meeting with the Shadow Ministerial Teams highlighting the major problems LHA is causing.
If Conservative party is elected, LHA landlords can expect changes. The NLA campaign continues and we will be putting pressure on the Government to announce exactly when they now intend to review the LHA
Your landlord association had taken the lead on LHA and has helped achieve this result for YOU!