|Changes To Housing Benefit In Hounslow|
Affecting both tenants and private landlords
If you are a tenant who pays rent to a private landlord, it is possible that the amount of housing benefit you get to pay your rent could go down. If your housing benefit is paid directly to your landlord, the amount your landlord gets for your rent could also reduce.
If you receive or are thinking of claiming housing benefit, you need to consider these changes before you renew or make a new tenancy agreement with a private landlord.
Who will the changes affect?
These changes could affect you if:
• you are claiming housing benefit, or are going to make a new claim, under the Local Housing Allowance scheme (LHA)
When will the changes affect you?
• from 1 April 2011 if you receive more housing benefit (up to £15) than you pay for your rent
The changes may affect you sooner if:
• you are getting housing benefit and are planning to move home
Cllr Pritam Grewal said: “These changes are across all local authorities in the country but for more advice and information relating to the borough, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/lha or call 020 8583 4242.”
March 16, 2011