The Welfare Reform Act 2012 of 8th March 2012 heralded the start of the biggest shake-up in welfare benefits in 60 years. April 2013 saw the introduction of the Under-occupation penalties for Social Landlord tenants (Bedroom Tax); the Benefits Cap being applied to around 40,000 households; and the Government’s flagship, Universal Credit being introduced in Ashton-under-Lyne the first of a series of pathfinders designed to shape future developments, including national rollout by 2017.
Having expert knowledge in this complex area of law, we offer advice to Housing Associations, Private Landlords and Voluntary sector tenants & housing providers to ensure they learn about the changes and what the likely implications will be for them and their tenants.
We provide suggestions on how to mitigate potential losses in the incomes of your tenants, counteract reductions in your revenue streams and suggest actions you might take to help minimise any increase in levels of arrears as a consequence of the reforms.
In the event disputes arise between the tenant, landlord and either council or DWP we offer help in the form of mediation and representation before First & Upper-tier tribunals.