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    Getting Housing benefit paid directly

    I have a potential tenant who is receiving housing benefit and I would like to be paid directly .
    How do I go about making sure that I get paid directly ?

    #2
    Either the potential tenant can be trusted to pay rent or you shouldn't rent to them.

    If the tenant isn't to be trusted not to pay rent, they're not to be trusted to work with the benefits system to ensure that they're paid the correct benefits, which could result in your being required to return the rent you'd been paid directly.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Well a few reasons (list not exhaustive):

      1. They have learning difficulties that make it difficult to manage their finances.
      2. They have a medical condition or a mental health problem that makes it difficult to manage their finances.
      3. They have serious difficulties with reading and writing and this affects their ability to manage their finances.
      4. They are in rent arrears (generally 8 weeks or more).
      5. They are unable to open a bank account or they are overdrawn.
      6. They have severe debt problems.
      7. They are undischarged bankrupt.
      8. They are dealing with an addication to drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.
      9. They have recently been released from prison.

      Just a few I can think off the top of my head.

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        #4
        It's election day and I'm in an unusually cynical mood, but that's a list of "nine things to avoid in a prospective tenant."
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          I had an inquiry from a potential tenant who is in temporary emergency accommodation and wanted to rent my three bedroom property as she has two children .
          She viewed the property and was interested and I went with her to the council to get the deposit .
          We went to the Job centre where she applied for housing benefit and she made an appointment for tomorrow to make the claim .
          She told me not to attend that appointment .
          I wanted to attend to make sure that the rent was paid directly to myself .
          She tried to convince me that the deposit application was infact the rental money .
          I explained to her that the deposit money has nothing to do with the rental money .
          She insisted that the deposit application was the housing benefit application even though her case worker at the council stated that it wasnt .
          How can I be assured that she will get the rental money paid directly to myself ?

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            #6
            In my opinion, you are mad to consider renting to this person.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              It's election day and I'm in an unusually cynical mood, but that's a list of "nine things to avoid in a prospective tenant."
              Possibly from number 4 onwards, but 1-3 depends on the person I suppose.

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                #8
                Luke,

                Are you sure she made a claim for Housing Benefit and not Universal Credit? Would be unusal for her to have an appointment at the Job Centre to make a claim for Housing Benefit.

                If you insist on taking her on as a tenant (I'm offering no advice on whether you should or not), just make a request for HB/UC (whatever she is claiming) to be paid direct to you. Then wait for decision to be made.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Luke View Post
                  I had an inquiry from a potential tenant who is in temporary emergency accommodation and wanted to r......
                  First of all ask to see paperwork showing WHY she is in temporary emergency accommodation. Could be s21 evict (but really damage and/or rent arrears), s8 evict, DV, whatever. And how long has she been there?

                  Glad I'm old and have enough £££ not to have to rely on the council to house me. Whatever the reason, poor lady, tough especially with kids.

                  I'd be inclined also to find a reason to drop in to where she currently is to see how she looks after the place: Of course if it's 1 room in a homeless B&B it ain;t going to look pretty.

                  How old are kids? (eg if under 10 & same gender she'll only get HB rate for 2 bedrooms.).

                  And why HB not UC... ???
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                    #10
                    When I tried to ask her about her HB application, she would let me talk, keep talking loudly to me so that I couldnt say anything .
                    I asked her to let me talk, but she wouldnt , I said "shhhhushh" and she accused me of being rude .
                    She then gave her phone to me and it was her mum on the phone and she TOLD me to sign the tenancy agreement NOW .
                    I then said that I was going to get something to eat , she followed me and even though I asked her not to follow me , she insisted on walking with me .
                    She was following me and shouting at me ..........and she was also on the phone to her Father , giving a running commentry about where "we" walking and her Father drove by in his car .
                    I was walking down the street, lady shouting at me and her Father driving around keeping an eye on things .
                    I told her that she was scaring me as I felt that I was in a dangerous situation .
                    Her raised voice got lots of attention from passers by .
                    I began to walk fast and so did she .
                    I asked her to stop following me and to leave me alone .
                    She continued following me and shouting at me to sign the tenancy agreement .
                    I ran away and she ran after me , took me a five minutes of running fast to get away from her .
                    She e-mailed me this morning asking me if I'd"calmed down yet" and wanted to proceed with the tenancy agreement

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                      #11
                      No: Thank her for her her interest but you wont be renting to her: Then block her number. No further conversation.
                      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                        #12
                        Well if that's your interaction with a prospective tenant, then run a mile, don't proceed. Do you really want to enter in to a business transaction with someone like that?

                        You find yourself some interesting prospective tenants. You last posting had a similar scenario.

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                          #13
                          OK - it has to be a wind up.
                          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                            #14
                            theartfullodger,

                            She said that her last private rented property got sold and she had to move out .
                            She has two kids, 5 year old boy and 12 year old girl and it was UC she applied for and the HB was part of the UC

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                              OK - it has to be a wind up.
                              Its not, honestly its true .
                              It happened yesterday

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