SimonF

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Tuesday 21st April 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 5

SimonF

20:18 PM, 13th May 2020
About 3 weeks 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 a month 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

SimonF

15:15 PM, 27th April 2020
About a month ago

LHA Increase to trigger rent increase?

Reply to the comment left by Bill irvine at 26/04/2020 - 13:35Hi Bill
Just a quicky. We usually serve section 13 notice on rent increases. We have obviously not served these notices on LHA tenants as we were not aware of this big increase. So question is 1. Do we have to serve section 13 and then give 1 month notice to increase or can we increase without serving notice and just let tenants and UC know of increase? 2. and this has always bugged me. If we serve a section 13 on a tenant and tenant says they dont want to pay increase what happens then? Does the section 13 give tenants an option to refuse increase and rent to remain? I have a tenant who is clever. She is getting rent money from UC and every month pays some money to us and pockets rest but she makes sure she never reaches 2 months arrears so that we cant request direct payment. I would like to increase her rent to new level and get her that way. What you think?
Cheers and keep safe
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SimonF

2:33 AM, 26th April 2020
About a month ago

Call for council tax relief on empty landlord properties

Thank you for post and comments. I am currently arguing with a few London councils re ctax on vacant properties we can't let due to covid. None have as of yet agreed to waive. I will try this letter but may also try contacting voa asking them to delete from rating list till this is over. We also have a few large commercial units vacant but again council is not agreeing to waive even though they are waiving rates on occupied commercial units. Any advice on non domestic vacant rates due to covid will be appreciated... Read More

SimonF

2:21 AM, 26th April 2020
About a month ago

LHA Increase to trigger rent increase?

Hi. Make sure you calculate increased rent Vs benefit cap as many tenants will not benefit from the increase to LHA due to the cap. Beware with UC tenants if you increase rent and the total benefit payable is above the cap then the full rent will still be paid if you are receiving direct payments but the excess amount above the cap will be deducted from the tenants allowance. This will most certainly cause the tenants to become upset. So typical government they give with one hand and take with other. There is talk for them to scrap cap especially now due to virus but they have not mentioned yet if they will.... Read More