Does the dhss pay ?

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    Does the dhss pay ?

    Hi everyone, I wonder can you advise me ? Do the DHSS pay the Bond for tenants renting off a private landlord ? My agents have just informed me that my tenant of 3 months has left the property without any warning. Apparently , its also happened this week to 4 other landlords in our relatively small community . The tenant would have owed 2 months rent by mid February. However, the agents still have the bond ( £500 ) and are going to put that into my bank account. Clearly, the ability to raise the bond and first months rent are a hell of an expenditure for somebody who's out of work and it set me to pondering do the DHSS pay the bond ? or do prospective DHSS tenants have to somehow find the money themselves ? many thanks for any advice .

    #2
    For a start, the DSS or the DHSS do not exist.

    Housing benefit (funded through the local council) do not pay deposits - they pay in arrears.
    DWP - Department of Work and Pensions - will occassionally grant a crisis loan to the tenants - but that is rare.
    Other than that, some councils have schemes for homeless or at risk households, but such schemes are getting rarer and the criteria getting tougher - because the councils don't have much spare money any more.

    Of course, decent human beings (on benefits or not) would not behave like your tenants and would have got their deposit back off you - meaning funds would be available to secure the next deposit.

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      #3
      Originally posted by fladyofthehouse View Post
      ... However, the agents still have the bond ( £500 ) and are going to put that into my bank account. ...:
      errr.. this is a normal AST?? Was the deposit (bond) protected?? If so which scheme ??
      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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        #4
        Hi..it was a 6 month assured tenancy . Strangely , the agents told me he'd rented off them before and was very a conscientious tenant . He even sought a reassurance off them that I intended to let house out for longer than that ( the longer the better ! ). They said they'd been into the property and there were some bits of furniture and toys left . They said it hadn't been left in the same state as my previous tenant ( thank god) . Agents have asked me to give them until tomorrow before I go in and check up myself. My husband drove me past this evening. Seem to be some window blinds missing - but will know more tomorrow. It just set me thinking ..wondering how long it would be until I get a new tenant and how flipping hard it must be for unemployed people to raise the bond if the benefits people don't pay it for them.

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          #5
          In My veiw if the dss pay the bond for the tennant there is no motivation for the tenant to look after the property and return it to you in good condition as if they lose the bond that was not theres in the first place they have nothing to lose

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