This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Housing Benefit - 8 weeks arrears appeal / compensation

PLEASE NOTE: Please check whether you should appeal rather than claim compensation before continuing.

Previously in this section, it is detailed what the legal position is if a local authority pay a tenant when they should have paid a landlord. A good example is where a landlord notifies the local authority that a tenant is more than 8 weeks in arrears, despite this, payment is still made to the tenant. In particular, this is done often because many authorities regard arrears only to accrue after the period for payment has expired. Our opinion is that this is wrong and rent is due when it is due so a claim for compensation should be made (unless they notified you in writing of the decision, in which case an appeal should be made)

In this case, a landlord may ask the local authority for compensation.

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