14:11 PM, 9th January 2013, About 10 years ago 2
Yesterday the House of Commons gave a second reading to the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill which caps future increases to Local Housing Allowance rates at one per cent from 2014.
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association (NLA), says:
“Capping future increases to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to one per cent risks a decrease in real terms if, as expected, inflation exceeds this level. With time, this will inevitably render private-rented accommodation unaffordable for many tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Indeed, the cap could deter landlords from investing in much needed housing for those receiving support.
“The NLA is concerned that, by capping future LHA rises, the Government is creating barriers which will prevent those in receipt of benefits from securing the housing they need.”
Previously Property118 had reported on the Crisis survey showing that only 1.5% of private landlords across the UK are willing to rent to benefit claimants aged under 35 and started an Petition to criminalise non payment of rent to landlords.
The question is are politicians taking the need for the PRS to help it out of its social housing crisis seriously and if not why not?