21:32 PM, 13th August 2012, About 10 years ago 26
As there are so many experts in the area of DSS over-payments (or LHA as it’s now called) I am going to open up this topic for our readers to provide Eve with the advice she has requested in her email to me which I’ve copied below ….
Hi there Mark,
My sister-in-law, sent me your link a while back, (she’s not in property by the way), but we are and I’ve been perusing your articles ever since and have found your posts to be both interesting and useful.
I am today taking you up on your offer of advice, if I may.
I had a tenant from the DSS who left half-way through her 12 month AST with me, giving me a dubious reason. Anyway, the DSS continued to pay the rental payment the following month, but then asked back for it. I contacted the RLA, as I am a member and was advised that I should insist that they indeed owed me the entirety of the 12 month rental and any expense incurred in getting another tenant. Is this correct? I have gone down this road with them, as my feelings are that had the shoe been on the other foot and I had requested my property back before term, they would have made her stay until I had gotten eviction notices and baliffs to remove her. Anyway, I wrote to them, to that effect, but received no reply other than them requesting the £1,700 pounds they claim is an “overpayment”. Any suggestions as to who or what is correct would be gladly received.
If you have a question regarding anything landlord related, please feel free to drop me an email as eve has done. I can’t promise to turn it into an article but if I do I can assure you that I will protect your anonymity. I’m happy to share my experiences and strategies and refer you to my professional advisers without charge. My motives for this are explained here. My email address is email@example.com
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