Tessa Shepperson

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th June 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 162

Tessa Shepperson

11:10 AM, 26th October 2020
About a month ago

Council HMO guidance - Now more confused than when I started?

In order to avoid problems, I suggest you get some proper professional advice before you do anything. We have a telephone advice service you can use here with specialist solicitors: https://landlordlaw.co.uk/openaccess_content/the-landlord-law-telephone-advice-service/ You may want to select the HMO advice service as those solicitors are more likely to have the particular expertise you need for this situation... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

11:23 AM, 15th October 2020
About 2 months ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

So far as I recall you only have to pay the money back if it is paid direct to you. Not if it is paid via the tenant. This is why jam jar accounts at credit unions are such a good idea.... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

17:54 PM, 14th October 2020
About 2 months ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 14/10/2020 - 17:32
Well, don't reject them because they are on benefits.

Reject them because of some other reason - because you don't think the property is suitable for them, because you think another applicant is more suitable, because you feel you would get on better with another applicant as a tenant, etc, etc, and record that reason in your records.

If your reason for choosing the other tenant is reasonable then you should be OK.

But give the benefit applicant a chance because you may find that actually, you prefer them. Particularly if they have been on benefit for 10 years without ever missing a payment and have a property-owning relative who can act as guarantor.... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

16:42 PM, 14th October 2020
About 2 months ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

The case isn't about forcing landlords to accept tenants on benefits. It's about treating all applicants equally and not writing them off, simply because they are on benefits.

With so many people losing their jobs right now, someone on benefit with a proven track record of regular payments might be a better bet than someone in employment ...... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

16:36 PM, 14th October 2020
About 2 months ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

If this topic interests you, you may want to watch our webinar here where I spoke to the barrister in this case: https://youtu.be/-6Xzbp-1UwE

(You will find our other legal cases webinars also on our Landlord Law YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD3IXog-0n3nO96ddvkgMEA )... Read More