The National Landlords Association (NLA) has suggested that a recent landlord legal case could have implications for future debates between property owners and councils about Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rental arrears.

A statement from the group revealed that a recent housing benefit tribunal between a landlord and Coventry City Council resulted in a verdict that "rent is in arrears once the contractual date for payment has passed irrespective of whether rent is due in advance or in arrears".

It is stated that this does not set a legal precedent for the future, but it could be a reference point for private landlords during negotiations with local authorities.

Earlier this month, the Work and Pensions Committee announced an inquiry into the LHA system.

The committee will be welcoming suggestions related to a number of points such as what the objectives of the LHA are and whether they are met in practice, as well as how well the set-up is understood by claimants and landlords.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19417491-ADNFCR

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