45% of privately renting households are claiming LHA.

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    45% of privately renting households are claiming LHA.

    https://england.shelter.org.uk/profe...ing_april_2021
    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released their new Universal Credit statistics. We have analysed these numbers to show how the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted those renting privately. The new numbers show us that private renters have been hit hardest with a huge spike in those needing housing support – an increase of 46% since February 2020.

    There has also been a rise in the proportion of private renters claiming housing support which will cause difficulties now and in the future. Local Housing Allowance (LHA), the housing benefit for those renting privately, only covers the cheapest 3 in 10 privately rented homes in each local rental market. However, as shown in this briefing, now 45% of privately renting households are claiming LHA. There are just not enough affordable homes to go round.

    #2
    i would be in a bad situation if it were not for this universal credit , a good many who previously had jobs and were able to pay rent have had to apply for universal credit ... thank goodness its there to support folks

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      #3
      One point to note is that if you have a blanket 'No Benefits' policy you are now excluding 45% of your potential market.

      OK you probably don't want the lowest 25% of that market, but that's still a lot of potential decent tenants that you are not considering.

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        #4
        It says 46% increase in housing benefit recipients, dwp figures which I would believe.

        The second paragraph seems a bit dubious. How can they possibly know 45% of tenants are claiming LHA? In most areas there's no register of tenanted properties so this information isn't available. There's no indication where they got this figure from, I would suspect it's a finger in the air guess.

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          #5
          MOST UK adults are in receipt of one benefit or another (CB, TAX credits, pension etc etc) increased duringcovif
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by royw View Post
            There's no indication where they got this figure from,
            Stat-Xplore, the DWP's own statistical database.

            Sorry, I should probably have linked this as well: https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare...rt-of-pandemic

            Stat-Xplore is quite a powerful tool, but you do need some skills to extract data from it and interpret that data.
            (I'm still a novice with using it).

            https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/login.xhtml

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              #7
              Seems highly unlikely;

              https://www.gov.uk/government/statis...ry-august-2019

              Overall, the number of people claiming HB has been gradually decreasing and will continue to fall as UC rolls out and replaces HB for Working Age claimants. At May 2019, there were 3.6 million recipients of HB and 1.1 million households with a housing element in their UC assessment.

              73% of HB recipients (2.6 million) were tenants in the Social Rented Sector and 27% were in the Private Rented Sector (970,000).

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                #8
                The last page of this says where Shelter got their figures from.

                https://assets.ctfassets.net/6sxvmnd...ert_210412.pdf
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  Also from the last page;

                  Numbers are an estimate due to survey limitations

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                    #10
                    Given Johnson's long history of mendacity I'd trust Shelter over Johnson's government.
                    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                      #11
                      Yes, they admit it's an 'estimate' based on dwp figures and population figures. They mention the NW as being one of the highest areas, this is where my properties are. There is no register of rental properties in my area so the only authority who has any idea is the local council for properties which have recently changed tenants and I have claimed council tax holiday. The council doesn't know about longer term tenants who don't claim hb. The only other possible source is LR but all they know is that I have a different address to the property. It could be tenanted, empty or have relatives in. They didn't use LR info anyway. IMO it's so inaccurate you hardly call it an estimate, I'd call it a guess.

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