Can L make Council pay LHA/HB direct on account of rent?

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  • johnboy
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    The council still have to pay the L/L if the T is 2 months in arrears.
    So what you can do is to make the rent payable every 2 months. The tenant pays 2months rent to move in and will be automaticly be 2 months in arrears at the beginning of month 3 so you apply to the council for the payment direct.

    The only down side is it may be more differcault to serve s21.

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  • jax2503
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    If the tenant is more that 8weeks in arrears the LHA rules state that the rent should be paid directly to the landlord.

    If you call into the council and ask them to put a hold on the claim pending further information being supplied to them. Send them a copy of the rent statement that you have and proof of ownership of the property. Then they should process that within a few days. Then they will send out cheque to you. They pay the tenant 2weeks in arrears. So he may be due a cheque any day now. If a cheque was issued in the past 2 or 3 days the council can cancel the cheque and re-issue in your name. You need to get onto them straight away.

    There is no point in the tenant stealing extra money from you.

    Jax

    Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
    Is it under LHA rather than HB as it won't be paid to anybody other than the tenant under normal circumstances. Did you not have a guarantor in place?

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  • PaulF
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    Is it under LHA rather than HB as it won't be paid to anybody other than the tenant under normal circumstances. Did you not have a guarantor in place?

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  • jjrideon
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    getting council to pay HB direct to L?

    so i'm waiting for bailiffs to evict my non paying tenant in a couple of weeks time.

    T is 4 month's in arrears - as i didn't know T was claiming i didn't know to go to the council to get the HB paid directly to me!

    how long does it take to get the council to pay the landlord directly and how do i prove i haven't been paid (T paid monthly by cash when they bothered to pay)?

    obviously two weeks HB is better than nothing, but if it takes that long to get processed then there is no point...

    and you wouldn't believe how much the T is getting in HB - single person, £260 a week! what's the point in actually getting a job these days - it's enough to turn you into a daily mail reader...

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  • WarwickGrad
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    The council are paying for Bed and Breakfast accomodation for this person.

    Furthermore the booking letter states that the council will be repsonisible for paying the charges from a certain date.

    Thanks again

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  • jeffrey
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    OK- so it's not an AST.
    1. What manner of letting is it?
    2. Under which legislation do you let?
    3. Does occupant actually sign some sort of Letting Agreement?

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  • WarwickGrad
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    No.

    We deal with the council regurarly and never sign AST's becase all such bookings are from the various temporary accomodation departments.

    The persons length of stay with us is dictated by the council.

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  • jeffrey
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    Letting is to T, not to Council (even if they pay his rent). Has T entered into a formal AST with you, duly signed/dated?

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  • Can L make Council pay LHA/HB direct on account of rent?

    Hi,

    I have a situation which i could really do with some advice with...

    I have tenant whose accommodation has been paid for by a local council.
    The booking letter confirms the rate that we are to paid and form what date.

    I have just received a cancellation notice from the council as they wish to re-house the tenant in more permanent premises, but he is unwilling to leave...

    What are my rights as a landlord in this instance? And when it come to physically getting him out are there any guidelines that i should follow or should i just wait until he's out and then change the locks?

    Thanks in advance!!!

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