Right team stand by to be annoyed. I caught our buy to let tenants with an undeclared lodger. They had to admit to having a lodger income undeclared on their benefits. Now wait for this .... Because they have a lodger squeezed into a 3 bed house they are entitled to the 4 bed rate of LHA. That is an increase of benefit in thatv area of Â£46 per week. They are allowed to benefit to Â£15 of that. So their benefits went up by Â£15. Then because the lodger is on the dole they only take off Â£7.40 (what is called an adult non dependant deduction) from that. So that makes them Â£7.60 more money from benefits ? But the Â£40 a week lodge money is theirs to keep. Excuse me but hasn't that just allowed them to top up their dole by Â£47.60 a week ? Apparently New Labour happen to be analysing the effects of their introduction of LHA instead of the old housing benefits. It was all part of their getting people flexible to return to work strategy. New Labour seems to be now employing a team of know it all sociology graduates to work out why LHA has had the opposite effect to that intended. It seems to mystify New Labour why overcrowding in houses is one of the unexpected results and people being less willing to take work. To make you more annoyed I am going to stick the rent up to the 4 bed rate for the 3 bed rate and I will be getting the extraÂ£46 quid a week.