I need some guidance on ‘guidance’?

I need some guidance on ‘guidance’?

9:50 AM, 19th July 2021, About 2 years ago 4

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I notice the government frequently use the word ‘guidance’ on many of their sites. Does ‘guidance’ mean – law – advice – or whatever?

I also noticed re evictions under section 21/8 assured tenancies are mentioned but not assured ‘shorthold’ tenancies with no mention of arrears on their main page! ???

I also noticed the rules on renting have been changed ’18 times’ in the last 12 months!!!

Am I right or am I going mad???


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Paul Maguire

10:52 AM, 19th July 2021, About 2 years ago

I think we're all going mad but I take "guidance" as not legally enforceable but is the preferred path subject to extenuating circumstances.

Seething Landlord

11:44 AM, 19th July 2021, About 2 years ago

The guidance differentiates between recommendations and requirements by using the words "should" and "must".

An "assured shorthold tenancy" is a particular type of "Assured tenancy", so included in the wider term.

Michael Barnes

22:43 PM, 19th July 2021, About 2 years ago

S21 is only available on Assured Shorthold Tenancies.; S8 s available on all Shorthold tenancies.

Or, looking at it another way, an AST is an Assured Tenancy on which a S21 notice may be used.

Tim Rogers

0:03 AM, 20th July 2021, About 2 years ago

I recently had reason to discuss matters with the DWP. They were adamant that an inheritance left to 2 children, if the mothers name was associated with it in any manner, would trigger a re-assessment of the support they would offer the mother.

The ministerial guidance clearly states this should not happen. Having documented all and sent the guidance to the DWP and their response to the ministers office. I was given the advice that when the DWP did this to take it to tribunal or court.

The lack of consideration about the DWP standard process of stopping all benefits until they can be bothered to sort things out was quite sickening.

To summarise, guidance is not worth anything and nothing should be done in the expectation that it will assist you in any manner.

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