Smithy @hotmail

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Smithy @hotmail

11:18 AM, 19th January 2019
About 4 weeks ago

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords - Online system being developed

I had a nice young couple as tenants - he worked and she looked after their two young children. They paid me the rent in cash each week. What I didn't know was that she was claiming benefits as a single mum. I knew she/they were getting some benefits and assumed that it was a top-up of some sort. She was caught by the Council Fraud Team - taken to Court for fraud - £27,000. Suspended sentence and Community Payback. If I had been receiving her Housing Benefit direct, they would have been all over me like a rash.

Another tenant - where the Council was paying me direct. I didn't know he had moved out until the Council cancelled the HB payments. When I queried it, they said he had moved and applied for HB at a new address! He hadn't bothered to let me know. They said I should have kept a closer watch on him - I challenged them because - by chance - I had visited only the previous Saturday and he was still there. They cancelled the refund request.

Another tenant - young couple - Council insisted on paying me direct (they must have known something). I knew he was working full time. I phoned the Council. I emailed the Council and I wrote them a letter to say he was working. I did not want the Council coming back to me later and saying the couple were not entitled. Apparently the couple tried to get the HB paid directly to themselves and not me - which the Council refused.

I don't mind benefit tenants but it's not for the unwary.... Read More

Smithy @hotmail

12:24 PM, 24th December 2018
About 2 months ago

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill receives Royal Assent

To get rid of mould like magic I recommend 'Muffycid'. Just spray it on and after 10 minutes or so the mould is gone.
Smells unpleasant so you need to ventilate. Read the instructions.
Available from Amazon or Ebay.... Read More

Smithy @hotmail

17:35 PM, 15th October 2018
About 4 months ago

Council tax under compulsory purchase order?

" An uninhabitable property requiring or undergoing major repairs or structural alterations."
I have had 100% Council Tax exemption for one year for two of my properties when they required considerable work to make them habitable/lettable.
Could that apply to your property?... Read More

Smithy @hotmail

9:53 AM, 13th October 2018
About 4 months ago

Straw Poll to combat further government attacks - Please help

1. 50%
2. 4 of 8
3. 0
4. 0
My longest tenancy is a lady of 75 who has been with me since 1994. She used to work p/t as a cleaner and has always been on HB. She came to me with two young grandchildren (cousins) who she brought up with no help from their parents. She is now a p/t carer for three great grandchildren. (I could write a book about that family.)
Out of 8 tenancies, 7 get HB - variously not working or working part time. The one remaining tenancy with both working (with a child and one on the way) - she is in regular work but he is in and out of work. I think they might like to buy but do not have any savings and would probably not be able to get or afford a mortgage.... Read More

Smithy @hotmail

18:50 PM, 6th October 2018
About 4 months ago