Having just read this annoying madness, I too have been a victim of this insanity, may I say first that I have signed your petition and forwarded it on to at least two other Landlords I know. Now moving to my experiences with LHA tenants and direct payment to them via the council.
I have in the last two weeks spent time and effort writing and posting to Birmingham city council 5 requests for direct payment to myself, as I have not received my rent from 5 tenants, who are all now more than 8 weeks in arrears, is this not telling local and main government something? idiots!. One tenant who now owes me £538.36 in rent, had his LHA paid to him self direct into his bank account and spent it on going back home to Albania for a couple of weeks, another one has not paid me any rent for more than 8 weeks now, because he is unhappy with the standard of cleaning that my cleaner carries out once a week (HMO), and so it goes on, so I think at the end of it all, I will loose, about £1,500, and have lost more in the past, thanks to idiots who sit in the houses of Parliament, and do not live in the real world.