Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness

Research from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) showed that more than 90 per cent of Local Housing Allowance (LHA – housing benefit for private renters) rates across Great Britain now fail to cover the cheapest rents, as they were originally designed to do.

LHA rates were frozen for four years in 2016 and CIH is warning that they have fallen so far behind even the cheapest rents that private renting has become unaffordable for most low income tenants – putting them at risk of homelessness as they are forced to choose between basic living expenses and paying the shortfall.