SimonF

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Tuesday 21st April 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 8

SimonF

13:18 PM, 20th October 2020, About A year ago

LHA Increase to trigger rent increase?

Reply to the comment left by WP at 20/10/2020 - 13:14
I am guessing that this tenant is affected by the benefit cap so may be losing part of his increased personal allowance due to the increase in personal allowance due to Covid. As discussed previously as far as LHA rates are concerned a studio has the same rate as a 1 bed however this may not be the view of the tribunal.... Read More

SimonF

12:57 PM, 20th October 2020, About A year ago

LHA Increase to trigger rent increase?

Reply to the comment left by Bill irvine at 23/04/2020 - 16:13
Hi Bill. I wander if you can assist. We have a UC tenant occupying a studio flat in West London since 2017. We have never increased rent till earlier this year when we served a section 13 notice increasing the rent to the new 1 bed LHA rate. We receive the housing costs direct due to past arrears. On your advice we sent a copy of the notice to UC and they then increased rent to the new rate. The tenant made an application to the tribunal fighting the increase and we now have a video hearing set for Thursday. I am just gathering my evidence and am wandering do i need to provide evidence showing that market rent is in line with new rate which may be a struggle due to it being a studio or is the fact that UC is paying the new rate enough of an argument. Furthermore i read on the Citizens Advice website that in order to fight a Section 13 notice a tenant must still be paying the old rate. Once he has started paying the new rate he can then no longer fight the increase. Is the fact that we are being paid the new rate from UC an argument to say that tenant claim is invalid? Thank you for advice... Read More

SimonF

18:22 PM, 18th June 2020, About 2 years ago

Court of Appeal Rule in Favour of Landlords on Gas Safety Certificate Case

This is great news. At least some good news for us battered landlords.... Read More

SimonF

20:18 PM, 13th May 2020, About 2 years ago

LHA Increase to trigger rent increase?

Reply to the comment left by WP at 13/05/2020 - 18:48
Hi WP. If your tenant is in receipt of working tax credits or net wages are above £569 per month then they will not be affected by the cap. If tnt does not fall in to above category then amount of cap will depend if in greater London or rest of UK and if any children on claim. If you give me more info I will give you exact figures. "Stay alert stay safe"
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SimonF

20:29 PM, 27th April 2020, About 2 years ago

LHA Increase to trigger rent increase?

Reply to the comment left by Bill irvine at 27/04/2020 - 17:12
Thank you Bill. Just realised original tenancy agreement states rent to be paid monthly on 23rd of month which is date tenancy commenced however a number of years ago tenant asked us to switch payment date to 10th due to her wage cycle. She paid rent to the following 10th and has since always paid on 10th. We changed her rental periods on our program to bill 10th to 9th.Coming now to serving section 13 are we dating increase from 23rd which is date of commencement and payment date according to AST or 10th which is current payment cycle? Cheers Simon... Read More