Private landlords across the UK need to team up to let the government know how the new method of paying housing benefit is not working, according to the director of operations at the National Landlords Association (NLA).

Richard Price called on property professionals to "join forces"in order to show politicians how money is being wasted by the scheme.

He added that if nothing is changed, there could be serious repercussions for the industry as a whole.

"If something isn't done then landlords who currently operate in this market will be leaving in their droves and it will be the most vulnerable tenants who will be left out in the cold,"Mr Price explained.

The new local housing allowance (LHA) scheme was introduced last year and involves benefit money being handed straight to the tenant, rather than the landlord.

According to the NLA, there have been landlord-tenant relationship problems because - in some cases - this money is not being passed on to the property owner.

It has also been widely reported that rising unemployment in the UK could have a negative effect on private landlords, as people lose their jobs and default on their rent payments.

Written by Claire Doyle

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