Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Welfare reform is one of the hottest topics within the Private Rented Sector. The House of Commons Library published a standard note on the topic at the end of December 2013 to frame the discussion.
The document is titled “The reform of Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance) for tenants in private rented housing”, you can view the House of Commons Library webpage for the document here, which includes reference to other relevant documents and a preface of the note.
The House of Commons Library holds many important documents and notes which outline thinking and proposals surrounding debates within Government to provide a basis of understand around a certain topic. Housing Benefits is a major topic within the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and it is fitting that private landlords are aware of their ability to receive rents unabated and Government support in this respect.
Local Housing Allowances (LHA) is not in of itself a benefit but a method of calculating the ‘rent element’ in Housing Benefits for the ‘deregulated’ private sector.
The document sets out the background of Housing Benefit, key features of LHA, emerging issues, and what the future holds for Housing Benefits including reforms.
The future of LHA has been investigated by Housing Benefit expert Bill Irvine recently, and includes some instances that have already come to pass, namely:
Be sure to stay tuned to the RLA’s Landlord News Hub for more information and further information on pivotal Government debate.
- View the House of Commons Library website on LHA
- House of Commons Library: Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
- House of Commons Library notes: HMO definition and Use Classes
- House of Commons Library: Housing Benefits withdrawn for under 25s?
- House of Commons issues briefing on the Household Benefit Cap