9 Mar

Landlords call for increased tenant choice

Landlords call for increased tenant choice

Housing benefit claimants looking for houses to rent in the UK should have more choice about how their rent is paid, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA)

The RLA is calling for Local Housing Allowance (LHA) tenants to have the freedom to choose who their allowance is paid to.

Evidence has shown that most tenants would prefer the security of knowing their rent has been paid, to avoid falling into rental arrears.

Shelter reports that 95 per cent of tenants who would prefer to have their benefits paid directly to their landlord are struggling with their personal finances.

RLA chairman Alan Ward, argues that the Conservatives backed tenant choice while they were in opposition.

He said: "We call on MPs to use the Welfare Reform Bill to enshrine in legislation the freedom and right for tenants to choose, without forcing landlords to lower rents, making renting untenable for many."

Tenants should have greater freedoms to choose what best meet their individual needs, he added.

The RLA says the government should do more to support growth in the buy-to-let sector to ensure the supply of property to rent in the UK meets demand.

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