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Backdating HB Claim

Regulation 83(12) Housing Benefit Regulations 2006: Backdating A claim made on or after 6 October 2008 can only be backdated for up to six months, rather than the 52 weeks that was possible before that date. Note that the DWP has said, in the explanatory memorandum to SI 2008 No 2424, that the policy intention is to move to ...

Power of Entry (HHSRS)

One of the most important elements of an inspection for HHSRS purposes is section 239(5) Housing Act 2004. This requires at least 24 hours notice of the intention to inspect to be first given to owners and occupiers where that inspection is in relation to assessing the property for the housing health and safety rating system . Before entering

Can unit be self contained where bathroom and wc shared?

It is clear that a true bedsit type accommodation where all facilities are shared can not be self contained accommodation and therefore the council tax banding will be for the entire house. It is also clear that where a house has been split into fully self contained flats where they have their own kitchen, bathroom and WC for exclusive use, ...

Tenants Repairing Obligations

In a very important case, (Warren v. Keen 3 W.L.R. 702), Denning L.J. explained the definition of "tenant like manner" "...what does "to use the premises in a tenantlike manner" mean? It can, I think, best be shown by some illustrations. The tenant must take proper care of the place. He must, if he is going away for the winter, turn off the ...

Entitlement and Calculation of Housing Element Universal Credit

Entitlement and calculation of housing element universal credit Rental payments to be calculated monthly Currently, housing benefit is calculated and paid 4 weekly. A significant change of universal credit is that for tenants, payments will be made calendar monthly and as such, the housing element will be calculated monthly. Where the ...
Property Tax Toolkit Helps Landlords Save Cash

Property Tax Toolkit Helps Landlords Save Cash

Property tax is a perpetual issue for landlords – most believe they are paying too much and many are continually looking at ways to make savings. Although some controversial tax changes are on the way, such as changes to mortgage relief and wear and tear claims, too many unwary property investors fail to understand the basics and can slip up ...