Landlords in Lincolnshire are calling for a change in the law to prevent them from losing out because tenants do not pay their rent.

Since the introduction of Local Housing Allowance in April, benefits payments have been made directly to tenants rather than to their landlords, the Scunthorpe Telegraph reports.

However, many tenants are failing to budget for rental payments, instead spending the money elsewhere and leaving landlords short on thousands of pounds.

Tony Conroy, chairman of the Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire Landlords Association, said the "only losers"in the scheme were landlords and taxpayers, and called for the law to be changed to help reduce rental arrears.

Scunthorpe MP Elliot Morley also leant his support to the calls, claiming he had "every sympathy"with the plight of landlords in the region.

"We need a range of rented accommodation in the town and we don't want to see landlords disadvantaged or put off from providing it,"he told the newspaper.

Earlier this month, a report by jml-Property-Insurance.co.uk warned that taking out specialist rental insurance was more important than ever for landlords in the current economic climate.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18951280-ADNFCR

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