8 weeks arrears, no set off allowed for repairs

8 weeks arrears, no set off allowed for repairs

Where repairs are required on a property, the tenant is entitled at common-law in certain circumstances to set off from the rent, any damages they may be entitled to as a result of the landlord breach of his duty to repair. However, where housing benefit is concerned,...

Payment to Landlord even if not 8 weeks arrears

The Department of Work and Pensions guidance to local authorities states that a local authority should “consider” direct payment, even if the tenant is not in eight weeks arrears: “When rent arrears have reached the equivalent of eight weeks or more,...