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Landlord’s lack of interest nearly cost £20k

The Residential Landlords Association has just published an article which I prepared. It focuses on the issue of HB Overpayments, and, the oftentimes, overzealous attempts by Council Housing Benefit sections to recover large sums of money, sometimes many thousands of £’s, directly from landlords. In the case highlighted £22K was involved. Nationally,…

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Rent Arrears Trigger for UC

See link to RLA press release confirming DWP will be applying the 8 weeks’ rule during the Pathfinder exercises. http://news.rla.org.uk/landlords-welcome-direct-payment-announcement/ This represents a significant climb-down by the Government, and explains why they chose to bury the announcement in an obscure UC circular. It also suggests the same rule will be…

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Universal Credit: Ready or Not?

It will have come as no surprise to anyone following the development of Universal Credit that the cross party Work and Pensions Committee has announces an inquiry into progress towards implementation of the Universal Credit which is scheduled to go live next autumn. The warning signs have been there for…

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Universal Credit and Lodgers

Since the Coalition Government first announced in the Emergency Budget in July 2010 that an under-occupation reduction would be introduced for Housing Benefit claimants living in social sector housing there has been a lot of discussion in housing journals and elsewhere about whether or not taking in a lodger might…

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Universal Credit - A train wreck gathering momentum?

Regular readers of this column may recall the article I wrote last December “Welfare Reforms – Wake-up Call” after my controversial workshops at the NLA’s conference inManchester, last November. I recounted one of the delegates commenting: “Your presentation this morning had the same effect as a doze of Prozac taken…

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Universal Credit and Non-Dependant Deductions: An update

In my recent article, Universal Credit and Non-Dependant Deductions, I highlighted the rising levels of contributions toward the rent that were expected from working grown-ups living with the claimant, normally sons and daughters, resulting in significant reductions in the Housing Benefit of their parent(s). I also drew attention to a…

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Welfare Reform: The Impact of Universal Credit

Ask any landlord, whether they are a Local Authority housing department, a Housing Association (HA) or a private residential landlord, as to which of the housing related changes in the Welfare Reform package they fear most and the answer will invariable be the redirection of the money, designed to meet…

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