Nathan

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Thursday 23rd April 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 9

Nathan

22:42 PM, 22nd January 2021, About 8 months ago

Universal Credit Refusing Direct Payments?

To Terry Sullivan - there are many incompetences that can be thrown at the current Boris government but UC is not one of them. This was Cameron's balls up and then cut the funds with Osbourne for rolling it out properly. It was his great idea of empowering people with there own finances but forgot that there were addicts on benefits aswell as people incapable of managing their own finances, especially when handed out to them! What an idiotic idea that was. It then took a lot of campaigning to implement rental payments to be made direct to the landlord for the cases with vulnerable people/tenants.
The power all lies with the claimant now.... Read More

Nathan

22:34 PM, 22nd January 2021, About 8 months ago

Universal Credit Refusing Direct Payments?

To OP - I'm afraid that reply is a generic standard reply when contacting UC. They are a nightmare to deal with.
If you go onto the Gov.Uk Universal Credit website they include a list of UC Partnership Managers, you will be better placed emailing one of them local to your area explaining your situation. However in the meantime there is also an online form on tge website in which you can complete to apply directly to UC for direct payments. You can fill out the details on the form and attach the AST and a rent statement.
You should receive confirmation that theyve receivedthe form...then just keep chasing. Let us now how you get on. Good luck.... Read More

Nathan

19:11 PM, 6th November 2020, About 11 months ago

Rent in advance and DWP first payment - overlap!

@OP - 10:44 AM, 6th November 2020
If I've understood your post correctly, the local council paid you your tenant's first month RIA - which I assume was from the date when the ten moved in on the 21st Aug - yes?
Now you receive UC payments directly from DWP for 30th Aug - 29th Sept. To me it looks like you've been paid twice for same period!
Are you sure the council's payment wasn't to cover the deposit instead as you do not mention this?
I'm always baffled as to why UC start payment that never corresponds to tenancy start date and are always paid 5 weeks in arrears too.
If you feel there's a shortfall (doesn't look it from info you provided) then ask your ten to make up the difference, after all they've been gifted a month's rent from the council. From first look it does seem you've been paid nearly twice for same period - 21.08-20.09 from Council and 30.08-29.09 UC payment.
Impossible to get payment remittances from UC, they started but then stopped suddenly with no notification or reason. I must have asked them over 6 times but to no avail, whereas the old HB payments always came with a statement of payment dates.....simples! They also used to liase with landlords and were helpful then aswell. Now it's out of councils hands and into the centrally controlled archaic & disfunctional DWP!!!
It's hard to give you a proper answer without the exact nuanced info provided.
Regards, N... Read More

Nathan

19:57 PM, 31st October 2020, About 11 months ago

Giving Tenants Notice versus Eviction during Covid-19 restrictions?

@Claire - 11:47 AM, 29th October 2020.
Hi Claire,
If I've understood your original question correctly then if the tenant wishes to end their tenancy they give you the required 2 month's notice and leaves the property on their own accord (preferably!) but if you now wish to ask them to vacate you must first issue them with a Section 21(6A) notice and provide them the new required 6 months notice. The expiry for the new notices is now 10 months from date of issue.
Hope that helps.
Regards, Nathan 🙂
P.S. If they fail to vacate at end of 6 months on the date you requested on the form then that's when you need to apply to the courts for possession. However when they grant you possession is anyone's guess as they're prioritising the severe rent arrears cases first. If there are no arrears then it's a lucky dip I'm afraid. I'm currently in the same position as we need our property back next year for my son to move into as he starts Uni!... Read More

Nathan

19:00 PM, 2nd September 2020, About A year ago

Title split for house redevelopment?

@Ian Narbeth, 16:03 PM, 1st September 2020
Hi Ian,
My question is slightly off the main topic so hope no one minds me piggy backing.
It was to do with your comment in answer to the OP where you said -
"You also need to avoid granting leases for nil or a small premium as that creates transactions at an undervalue which in turn creates problems for lenders and purchasers." -

Question- I am in process of applying for enfranchisement for our 2 bed flat where there are two flats in the freehold building. We hold one of the leases and the other flat owner holds the other. We were intending to set the new leases out at 999 years and the ground rent set at zero with no premium. By doing this are we in any way devaluing our property values as I had thought we were doing the opposite by obtaining enfranchisement?
In this situation the freehold will be a share and will be passed on with sale of each flat when sold and not able to split from said properties, thereby making the freehold non monetary value but instead it's value will come from the control the leaseholders of each flat maintains as owners of said flats.
Any extra insightful information will be much appreciated.
Regards, Nathan... Read More