Housing help to be cut
Sunday 12 November 1995
Tenants' maximum housing benefit entitlement will be based on the appropriate rent for a property, as assessed by the local authority-employed rent officer, and the local reference rent - the typical rent in that area.
Tenants will not be paid more housing benefit than the appropriate rent for a property. Where the appropriate rent is higher than the local reference rent, the maximum rent reimbursed is the local reference rent plus half the difference between the local reference rent and the ap- propriate rent.
Prospective tenants may apply to the rent officer for a pre-tenancy determination of housing benefit rates, although these do not guarantee housing benefit will be paid.
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