Housing Benefit Recovery of Second Payment

Introduction Under the Housing Benefit Regulations, there are circumstances when a landlord is entitled to direct payment. Under previous rules (before Local Housing Allowance) one of those circumstances was if the tenant had made a request to pay direct to the...
A New Direct Payment Issue

A New Direct Payment Issue

The Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) has issued new guidance to local authority staff for local housing allowance. In the guidance, a new point is raised concerning direct payments to landlords when the tenant is the equivalent of eight weeks or...
Third Party Deductions

Third Party Deductions

Where a landlord has a current tenant claiming Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support and there are rent arrears, it is possible to claim a small amount to be paid from the JSA or IS direct to the landlord. This is called “third party deductions”. What...

When MUST housing benefit paid to landlord?

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Housing Benefit - 8 weeks arrears appeal / compensationWhen payment of Housing Benefit must be made to landlord See in particular this important case (Doncaster v Coventry City Council 2009) Regulation 95 Housing Benefit...
How to find out if a tenant is claiming HB

How to find out if a tenant is claiming HB

We all know the problem. If a tenant is in arrears and they are claiming Housing Benefit, the landlord can request payment be made direct. However a landlord does not always know if a tenant is claiming Housing Benefit or not. The local authority will refuse to inform...
Ensure payments are made direct to landlord

Ensure payments are made direct to landlord

How can a landlord ensure payments are made payable direct? The general rule is that payments of the LHA from April 2008 will be made directly to tenants. However, it is possible for landlords to make some amendments to their tenancy agreements in order to ensure...

Suggested letter – request for review of decision

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Housing Benefit - 8 weeks arrears appeal / compensation Before appealing, you should have asked for a written statement of reasons within one month of the decision. Once this has been received, the first stage of an appeal is to...

Making an appeal

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Housing Benefit - 8 weeks arrears appeal / compensationIf a local authority refuses to pay a landlord direct after a request by the landlord (perhaps because the tenant is eight weeks or more in arrears), the landlord becomes a...

Appeal or claim compensation?

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Housing Benefit - 8 weeks arrears appeal / compensationIf a local authority has paid a tenant in error, for example if the tenant is 8 weeks in arrears and despite the landlords notification that the tenant is in arrears, they...
Double Payment not Possible (but Compensation is)

Double Payment not Possible (but Compensation is)

The following case deals with the situation where payment was changed from the landlord to the tenant without notifying the landlord. This is NOT a case where the landlord notified the local authority that the tenant was eight weeks in arrears and then failed to pay...
Claiming Compenstation – SUCCESS LETTER !!

Claiming Compenstation – SUCCESS LETTER !!

Where a landlord makes a request to a local authority for direct payment of housing benefit because the tenant is 8 weeks or more in arrears, often payment is made in error to the tenant. When the landlord complains, often the LA states that they cannot pay twice....
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