Housing Benefit Claimants Struggle to find Properties after Welfare Shake-ups

14 March 2012 Categories: News

Housing Benefit Claimants Struggle to find Properties after Welfare Shake-ups

Housing benefit claimants around the country are finding it increasingly more difficult to find affordable properties and landlords willing to accept them says Brighton Council’s Green Party leader, Bill Randall.

According to a survey conducted by a member of the Green Party, a staggering 26 out of 35 letting agents in the city of Brighton now refuse to find properties for housing benefits tenants. The same 26 letting agents also admit to having no landlords on their books that are willing to consider LHA claimants. Six of the 35 agents said they would work with housing benefit claimants if they could provide a guarantor.

This news comes on the back of the Department of Work and Pensions statement this week that was given in answer to a Parliamentary question asking about LHA direct payments. The question asked about the number of landlords within the city of London that receive LHA payments direct – a sticking point for many landlords around the country. Apparently of the 218,320 housing benefit claimant cases within London only 49,520 cases paid the benefit money direct to the landlord.

It is common knowledge that more landlords would be willing to accept housing benefit claimants if they received the payments directly, but at present this isn’t an option most councils are at liberty to offer.