Housing Benefit Rent Dodger - can the DSS do anything about her future entitlement

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Housing Benefit Rent Dodger - can the DSS do anything about her future entitlement

    Just found out our tenant got paid two months worth of housing benefit from the DSS but she didn't pay us. We are commencing eviction however, what would the housing benefit office do with regards to her future entitlement surely people like this are penalised for such behaviour?

    Is there anything else that can be done to advance the eviction process or do we still have to follow the Section 8 route?

  • #2
    Section 8 or section 21 - your choice.

    Is the tenant still claiming housing benefit?

    Housing benefit office won't do anything about non-payment becuse their only obligation is to pay the £££. Like child benefit & children, housing benefit doesn't have to be spent on housing.

    Comment


    • #3
      Many thanks for your advice.

      Yes the tenant is still claiming, this makes an absolute mockery of the system.

      Looks like by the time I have evicted the tenant, she'll be at least 6 months in arrears, typical law on the rent dodging tenant's side.

      Comment


      • #4
        Contact the housing benefit office in the morning, and tell them that the tenant is more than 8 weeks behind on rent.

        They will suspend Ts claim whilst they investigate. You will be asked to provide a rent statement, and tenant will be given 14 days to prove that the statement is wrong.

        Once 14 days are up, the council will pay all housing benefit to you from thenceforth, including any due to be paid during the suspension period. It is possible that the first payment will include up to a months worth of backpay (say payment for 15/9 to 12/10 is to be paid on 13/10) and this may take the unpaid amount under the 2 months for a section 8 ground 8 eviction.

        Of course that wouldn't affect a section 21.

        Comment

        Latest Activity

        Collapse

        • When do tenants' requests go too far?
          Suzy76
          Tenants moved in at the beginning of the year and have issued a stream of requests/demands since then, the main ones being

          - After signing the contract but before moving in, requesting that I change the wallpaper in one room as they decided they didn't like the colour
          - Asking to...
          12-07-2017, 16:46 PM
        • Reply to When do tenants' requests go too far?
          Landlord1206
          If you trust the tenant I would allow them to decorate upon approval. To agreed specifications and at THEIR EXPENSE. This improves the property and keeps them happy. I have had this happen, new paint colour in lounge. More difficult in your case with a new tenant so I would have said wait and see....then...
          23-08-2017, 11:18 AM
        • Private letting advice
          xNicolex
          My partner and I have recently moved into a private let with our 7 month old son.
          now the flat was in a right state when we moved in - bathroom hadn't been cleaned, kitchen was a mess, oven absolutely caked in grease from the previous tenant (it still is, I refuse to clean it so I'm just not...
          23-08-2017, 08:28 AM
        • Reply to Private letting advice
          xNicolex
          Wannadonnadoodahl - a few of the issues were noticeable when we moved in, however the landlord reassured us they would be dealt with within a week or two, its now been 6 weeks

          JK0 - we aren't on any benefits, we both work and have been full rent of £150 a week, which feels like robbery...
          23-08-2017, 11:05 AM
        • Reply to Private letting advice
          Landlord1206
          Not sure if you have a gas cooker or not. Either way, please check that you have a valid Gas Safe certificate. You do not mention the boiler but given the other issues, I hope this is safe for you.
          You may wish to ask for a PAT on any electrical items.

          Not sure why you moved in given...
          23-08-2017, 11:02 AM
        • TT not leaving
          johnson13
          A friend of mine (LL) rents his property through an agent and has asked them to get the tenant out as he's coming back to live in it. The agent served a S21 notice which is due to expire soon (we'll check, but for the purposes of this post assume that everything has been served correctly and the notice...
          23-08-2017, 09:00 AM
        • Reply to TT not leaving
          Darth Wookie
          The tenant may be 'morally' in the wrong, but is legally in the right. They have no outright legal obligation to leave at the end of the tenancy agreement, which can only be truly ended by the court. In essence, the court are the 'adjudicators' of the contract and decide whether to enforce it or not....
          23-08-2017, 09:43 AM
        • Reply to TT not leaving
          jpkeates
          The current tenancy continues until the landlord has recovered possession (or the tenant serves notice) so there's no danger of a new one coming into being accidentally .

          The tenant is awarded costs if they lose, which is pretty standard in legal cases. If the landlord loses the case, the...
          23-08-2017, 09:38 AM
        • Reply to TT not leaving
          johnson13
          Ok, thanks. This seems to imply that the tenant is in the wrong by not leaving then.

          The notice might as well say, "you don't have to leave when this notice expires, but you'll have a large legal bill if you don't."



          Thanks again.

          Is this...
          23-08-2017, 09:19 AM
        • Reply to TT not leaving
          jpkeates
          The landlord can carry on accepting rent, which is due until the tenancy ends.

          The tenant has every right to stay, as the landlord's notice doesn't actually end the tenancy. To bring the tenancy to an end, the landlord will need to go to court. If the landlord is successful, the tenant...
          23-08-2017, 09:12 AM
        Working...
        X