Local Housing Allowance and direct payment - giving claimants a choice
By: Francesca Albanese and Anne Baxendale Published: October 2009
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the new form of housing benefit for private rented sector tenants. Government has been rolling it out nationally since April 2008.
- LHA and direct payments - Campaigns briefing (PDF 531.7 KB)
Most Local Housing Allowance (LHA) claimants have no choice over whether their benefit is paid to them or paid directly to their landlord. New Shelter research reveals that the presumption of direct payment to tenants is increasing cases of rent arrears and discouraging landlords from accepting LHA claimants as tenants.