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Payment of rent by a stranger

Payment or satisfaction of the amount of the rent due by a stranger to the contract of tenancy does not discharge the tenant unless it is made by that person as agent for the tenant and with his prior authority or subsequent ratification. 2 K.B. 558; Simpson v. Egginton (1855) 10 Ex. 845; Matthews v. Dobbins 1 W.L.R. 227; Bessa Plus Plc v. ...

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 more in arrears. At this point, it is perhaps worth recapping a little as to where we are ...