Damien Pritchard

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 9th October 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 4

Damien Pritchard

2:03 AM, 12th October 2013
About 7 years ago

Section 8 notice procedure

Reply to the comment left by "Julie Ford" at "11/10/2013 - 13:11":

I've had experience of that clause Julie... The councils I've used that on insist that if the agreed rent on the tenancy is below what I expected, and was only reduced to accommodate the tenant then yes they would pay direct.

i.e.: the lha rate was £600, i advertise for £625, but agree to reduce to £600 if I get direct payments.
Also, if you use an agent, and your agent agrees with the council to waive their agency fee, they will almost certainly pay direct.... Read More

Damien Pritchard

12:55 PM, 10th October 2013
About 7 years ago

Section 8 notice procedure

Reply to the comment left by "Dave Reaney" at "10/10/2013 - 08:44":

The last couple of cases I've worked on that this "incentive" was used, the arrears (up to £1000) were paid off by the homelessness team, and the housing benefit then continues as normal, but being paid directly to the landlord.

So whoever the homelessness team belong to, I suppose it comes out of that dept's budget. But they do only have a limited amount to do this with (that's if it is even still going on) so for that reason, get on the blower to them asap and ask.... Read More

Damien Pritchard

23:15 PM, 9th October 2013
About 7 years ago

Section 8 notice procedure

Reply to the comment left by "andy lyons" at "09/10/2013 - 23:00":

Make sure you speak to the homelessness team, stating that unless it gets sorted they'll soon have another case file open!... Read More

Damien Pritchard

14:12 PM, 9th October 2013
About 7 years ago

Section 8 notice procedure

Hi Andy

Apply to the council straight away for direct payments. They haven't got a choice if over 8 weeks in arrears.
Some councils do offer to pay the arrears and continue to pay you directly if you withdraw the notice and let the tenant stay for at least a further 12 months. Try and get this agreement with them, then once the new AST is signed and she does leave for Egypt, you can inform the council they must continue to pay her rent until you re-let the property as per the AST. As with all councils, you've got to be pro-active with them on that, but threats of legal action etc usually help.... Read More