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Monday, April 11, 2011

LHA - age changes

Landlords still realing from the changes to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) that came into force from the 1st April should be aware of a new change affecting younger single tenants in receipt of housing benefit.

This is potentially bigger for landlords letting to younger tenants who currently rent self contained accommodation than the recently announced LHA regime.

The government has already revised it's changes to the benefit system which means that young singles up to the age of 25 living on benefit would only be eligible to claim benefit for shared accommodation and not self contained units by extending the age category up to 35 year olds.

The change of the age limit had originally been intended to take place from April 2012 had now been brought forward to January 2012.

The governments own figures indicate that up to 88,000 claimants could be affected by the broadening of the age range.  Many commentators have suggested this to be a vast underestimate of the real figure.

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Anonymous said...

Oh didums. If they want the luxury of self contained living, they should get of their backs and get a job! I have no sympathy.

Anonymous said...

Well that's okay if you can work and don't have a lifelong disability that will only get worse, requires an extra bedroom for equipment and you need a full-time carer too. Oh yes, and if you are like me, you are have children, one of which is also disabled and needs a room of his own because of his condition.

I wish that if people do leave comments on blogs like this, they are not so ignorant and consider people living day-to-day in very difficult circumstances.

There are thousands of families who genuinely need more rooms because of a disability or health problems.

The LHA changes are hurting the most vulnerable, including children and the severely disabled.

Anonymous said...

Why do people think they can have as many children as they like and expect us (the taxpayer) to pay for them. Take some responsibilty yourselves - if you cannot afford to bring them up don't have them