The government has announced that Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates, used to calculate Housing Benefit for private tenants, will increase in April, following a freeze that’s been in place since 2016.
According to a Department for Work and Pensions press release, the 1.4 million people who receive LHA will get an extra £10 per month on average. We don’t have any new figures yet for Sandwell and it should be stressed that the press release talks about averages only. There are no mentions of specific amounts. We can only speculate about how this will affect rents locally as LHA rates vary by area.
Obviously we will put out an update when the final figures are confirmed.