April saw the implementation of new rules on Local Housing Allowance and their effects will soon begin to be felt by both landlords and tenants as old tenancies end and new ones begin.
These new rules will affect any new tenancy which is signed after 1st April 2011 and existing tenants from nine months after the anniversary of their claim. Landlords who are currently charging more to a tenant who is a benefit claimant will be able to receive their rent direct from the local authority if they reduce the rent to comply with the new limits. Local authorities are starting to offer this incentive to private landlords.
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