If 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 “person affected” by any decision whether to pay direct or not.
A person affected may make an appeal but a landlord must act quickly because there is only 1 month to appeal.
Ask for a written statement of reasons
A statement of reasons is at it sounds, it is an explanation of how the decision by the local authority was reached. The advantage of asking for a statement of reasons is that it puts the appeal time limit on hold until the reasons are sent. A written statement of reasons must be requested within one month of the decision. For example:
Landlord receives notification of decision not to pay direct on 1 August. This would mean an appeal must be made by 1 September. However, if a statement of reasons is requested on 10 August and then received on 20 August, the appeal may be made on or before ... Please login or signup to continue reading this content