The RLA has received details of the new LHA rates effective from 1st April 2015, which take into account the Maximum Local Housing Allowance. A full spreadsheet is available for landlords who take on benefit tenants.
You can download the document here, there are four tables to consider, and each table contains specific bits of information.
Table 4 shows the most important figures…how much benefit tenants are going to receive for housing costs!
The RLA continues to campaign for landlords to receive direct payment of housing benefits. The current arrangement for Universal Credit sees those on benefits receiving a lump sum, in arrears, for all payments, including housing and job seekers, for example, at which point the recipient is expected to make the necessary housing payments to their landlord.
Universal Credit is undergoing a phased national roll-out; find out more here.
The RLA is currently conducting a survey on landlord experiences regarding Universal Credit. If you have not already done so, please do take part. The survey will be closing this Friday 6th March 2015. You can participate here.