Private landlords in Northampton receive more than third of the £74 million housing benefit claimed in Northampton every year, latest figures show.
Analysis of the 324 councils in the UK, shows that a total of £828m of housing benefit is paid directly to private landlords.
In Northampton, private landlords get 36 per cent of £73.64 million housing benefit.
The area with the highest amount of housing benefit going to the private rental sector is the London Borough of Enfield, with £190 million going to private landlords.
The city with the highest proportion of housing benefit paid to landlords is Blackpool where 76 per cent of the city’s £89.1 millon housing benefit budget went to the private rental sector.
The list of the top 20 private landlords that receive housing benefit in Northampton are as follows:
1 Lumsden Housing £922,133
2 Chelton Brown £381,399
3 Expert Lettings £289,844
4 Mayday Trust £236,297
5 Belvoir £210,921
6 Viridian Housing £147,820
7 Ashby Lowery Residential Lettings £129,468
8 The Property Saints Ltd £104,378
9 Jp Property Management £91,913
10 Maplyn Care Services Ltd £85,568
11 Name not disclosed £83,955
12 Lenwell Ltd £77,887
13 Richmond Fellowship £75,936
14 Name not disclosed £75,932
15 Name not disclosed £66,237
16 Care Assure Northampton Ltd £64,017
17 Name not disclosed £63,232
18 Wellington Support £59,117
19 Independent Letting Agents £58,404
20 Cotter & Co £58,204
The producers of the list stress that the landlords have done nothing wrong in providing housing.