The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme is causing some private landlords "major problems", it has been suggested.

Editor of the LandlordZone website Tom Entwistle said that this is particularly the case for those who help vulnerable tenants as part of the programme.

Problems have arisen since it was decided that the benefit money given to LHA tenants by the government should go straight to the tenant, as opposed to the landlord whose property they are living in.

"Some landlords have told us that they are losing thousands of pounds every year and many have moved away from housing vulnerable tenants because of this law,"Mr Entwistle explained.

However, earlier this week shadow housing minister Grant Shapps said that a Conservative government would allow tenants to choose if they want their housing allowance paid directly to landlords instead of into their own accounts.

The politician said that the current system has failed both private landlords and their tenants.

Written by Claire Doyle

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