Basement Counted as Storey?

Basement Counted as Storey?

As was reported here, we were assisting one of our members with a case where he has a two storey house which also has a basement. In the basement are the electric and gas meters, a consumer unit and a gas shut off valve. Otherwise, the basement is not in any way...
Tenant moving from old HB to LHA

Tenant moving from old HB to LHA

As was reported here, we have been working very hard on a case where a tenant ceased claiming housing benefit under the old rules. Then, three weeks later claimed again which in our opinion should have gone onto the new higher LHA rate. However, Cardiff council...
National Landlord Register Ditched

National Landlord Register Ditched

Grant Shapps, Housing minister gave a speech on Tuesday outlining his vision for aspiring home-owners. In his first speech, he said “the age of aspiration is back” In relation to renting, he said that he did not believe in tackling the private rented...
When has a claim been made?

When has a claim been made?

Novitskya v (1) London Borough of Brent (2) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2009] EWCA Civ 1260 Prior to March 6, 2006, claims for housing benefit were governed by the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 (S.I. 1987/1971). Regulation 72(1) required a...
Couple of Interesting Cases

Couple of Interesting Cases

A quick blog entry to let you know of a couple of interesting cases we are currently dealing with. One of them is only potential at the moment. (1) We are now going to appeal on a housing benefit issue where the landlord increased the rent and the tenant was receiving...

Notice of Surrender

Introduction Where a tenant wishes to leave during a fixed term, or simply vacates without notice, this is an offer to surrender. A landlord may accept such a surrender or refuse to accept (see this article for much more detail). In the case that the landlord is...

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