8:39 AM, 29th April 2022, About 2 months ago 5
I have a tenant who’s been on Housing benefits since April 2005. The council have stated that his claim and the eligible rent used in the calculation is decided with regard to October Deregulated tenancies and any rent increase must be referred to the Rent Officer (HB regulations 2006 regulation 13). The Council have stated that this is reviewed every 52 weeks in June each year.
I am looking to increase his rent so it makes sense to know what the ‘cap’ is. He is a lovely long term older tenant (no family) so I am only looking to increase the rent to the maximum determined fair rent rate. I don’t want to raise it to anything over this, where he then stresses about top-ups etc.
Unlike LHA, I am having great difficulty finding out what this figure actually is. Having asked the council directly they have avoided replying to this part of my question, but I would have thought that this information should be in the public domain. All I have managed to find (even via the abysmal Shelter website) is the explanation of the mechanics of the fair rent determination process, not where to find the actual rent figure.
Are the Council obliged to give me this info? Where else can I find it?