Re-read my post. I'm on your side - what I have said is that the full market private sector rent should be excluded from computing 'averages' / 'means' etc. They should be irrelevant to calculations which are therefore skewed.
Personally, I would like to see EVERY private landlord who is charging LHA via tenants to the Housing Benefit account, being checked by HMRC to see that every penny of LHA received is accounted for in gross income before tax is calculated.
Your personal implied slight is beneath you. I've already said before I'm willing to produce any accounts needed for the 1 property which I rent out.
Once again you immediately react and assume that anyone who has looked at the issue slightly differently is wrong. Even Jono is quoting relevant figures which are worthy of consideration mathematically. HB or to be more accurate LHA has distorted the issue - too many landlords are setting their rent to LHA tenants at the absolute maximum. There are effectively rent controls - the problem is that they are set too high! Re-read my post and make a sensible conclusion.
As usual, I have no intention of prolonging this discussion and risk boring everyone else.