The Conservative Party has agreed to a reform of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) that could see direct payments to landlords return.

After a period of lobbying from the National Landlords Association (NLA), the party has agreed to return the option of direct payments to private landlords who have tenants receiving housing benefits.

"This latest proposal from the Tories is to be welcomed, but more importantly we want to see LHA properly assessed and tenants to be able to choose how their rent is paid,"explained chairman of the NLA David Salusbury.

Under the current scheme, the NLA believes that private landlords could be exposed to unnecessary risk of rental arrears.

In a survey by the organisation, it was found that on average, £4,400 was owed per landlord renting out properties to tenants on the LHA scheme.

LHA is calculated based on where the rented property is located as well as its size.

Written by John Weeks
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