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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 are ‘third party deductions? Benefit customers should normally meet their household ...

Council Tax Benefit Reforms From April 2013

Currently, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) is assessed by local authorities on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) but the rules governing the assessment process are applied the same way throughout the UK. (more…)

John Healey tightens repossession rules to get greater help for homeowners

Housing Minister John Healey today announced new protection for people struggling with mortgage arrears, by further tightening the rules on lenders taking court action for repossession. New court rules coming into force on 1 October will ensure that mortgage lenders inform councils when repossession action is started against residents in ...

The Law of Appropriation

Appropriation can be an important legal principle for landlords as it reflects the apportionment of moneys where more than one debt is owed. In particular it matters if there are rent arrears of a relatively long period and between arrears a renewal tenancy has been granted. If the landlord decides to then serve a section 8 notice on rent ...
7 Things Landlords Should Do To Get Ready For Winter

7 Things Landlords Should Do To Get Ready For Winter

Winter’s on the way – and it’s that time of year when landlords phones are ringing off the hook with tenants reporting failed boilers and heating systems. As a landlord you are also a businessman and customer service and protecting your assets are two things always near the top of your working agenda. That means keeping your tenants happy ...

Couple win £1bn fight over family business ‘stealth tax’

by ANDREW LEVY - More by this author » Last updated at 20:01pm on 25th July 2007 A couple who run a small business won a legal victory yesterday that could cost the taxman £1billion a year. Information technology consultant Geoff Jones and his wife Diana have fought a six-year court battle to claw back a levy on "dividend"payments. Their ...