The National Landlords Association (NLA) has said it supports the government's assessment on tenants' rights to choose to pay rent directly to landlords.

A report by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published on December 16th recognised concerns over the payment of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to customers.

Housing charities and the NLA have said they welcome this recognition and hope that LHA payment will see an improvement in terms of quality and consistency of decision making.

At present, LHA goes to tenants who must then pay the rent to landlords.

But many tenants are not passing the money on and some landlords now refuse to let to people who receive the allowance.

Chairman of the association David Salusbury said the NLA will empower tenants by letting them choose to send LHA directly to their landlords.

"We will also be campaigning for proper safeguards which ensure that councils up and down the country are able to deal quickly and effectively where tenancies start to get into difficulties,"he added.

Rates for the allowance depend on income, property size and area, according to the government.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19515600-ADNFCR

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