Jonathan Clarke

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 492

Jonathan Clarke

17:19 PM, 29th October 2020
About a month ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Reply to the comment left by Roanch 21 at 29/10/2020 - 12:25Its an interesting legal point you raise and has merit in my view
You are not wanting to discriminate against the HB claimant themselves . They may be great people and do everything by the book and submit their claim and the associated paperwork correctly and promptly . But then its out of then hands and the lame `business` owner takes over and then messes it all up time and time again because their administration systems are so poor.
So you only want to legitimately discriminate against the HB claimant`s paymaster and their servants and you can cite ample previous personal experience of their ineptitude .
I`m sure a good lawyer could argue that view
An HB Claimant can be just as good and worthy applicants as their working counterparts .....but they are not the problem ... its the government / councils/ DWP who fall well short of the mark on so many criteria so therefore you reserve the right to reject them on that basis
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Jonathan Clarke

21:43 PM, 22nd October 2020
About a month ago

More tenants than ever in receipt of Universal Credit

Sorry Sherrelle its not a new system as you say it is . Its quite old now . And I understand much of it but its just not fit for purpose and never has been in my view
UC was introduced in 2013 so is 7 years old now and its been a real pigs ear from Day 1 . Its far too late to talk about slowly implementing changes. It should have been fixed a long long time ago. This is why LL`s don't want to touch it
It needs the whole mindset changing in the DWP
1) I need to be contacted BEFORE they authorise any payment as I am a primary interested party who holds the keys. But its all done behind my back and I am actively cut out of the process . Why is that ? I`ve yet to be given an answer
2) The default position should be direct payment to the LL from Day 1 . The tenants get very little support and a 10 minute conversation with a DWP operative is not enough to understand multifaceted longstanding dysfunctionality in some of my tenants. Human nature is they will play down their issues . Again why doesn't anyone think of asking me if I have known them for 5 years + . Its indefensible and potentially criminally negligent in my view and I don`t say that lightly. You should not give an addict a large sum of money without first doing background checks with someone who has known them for 5 years to seek their considered view as to if there is a likelihood of them killing themselves as a result
Another of mine was recently converted from LHA to UC behind my back . Massive social issues . If someone had bothered to pick up the phone and ask me about her chequered history there is no way they would / should have paid it direct to her . But no one did ask me and surprise surprise I`m £950 down already . Why should i have to faff about with an APA after the event . Its crazy.
Please Sherrelle tell me why no one picks up the phone and includes me in on the conversation BEFORE the decision is made to pay the tenant a large sum of money . Why am I shunned by the system . Who on earth would dream that system up in 2013 and in 2020 still cant understand why LL`s dont like it and not rectify it .
Its indefensible . I`ve been doing HB for 20 years so I`m no stranger to government systems but its staggering why they set it up like this and set the tenant up to fail time and time again... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

12:57 PM, 19th October 2020
About a month ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 19/10/2020 - 12:35
Yes you are right it seems to be a patchy response country wide which in a way is a shame . I find though that on occasions council operatives who are relatively new to the role are simply unaware though of the various funding pots potentially available to them ( I have used 5 different pots on occasions) So I would say if one gets rejected its worth double checking with their managers and / or other associated departments.
I`ve used before
Discretionary Housing Payment Fund
Local Welfare Provision Funds
Homelessness Prevention Funds
Social Services Funds
Homeless Charity Funds

Not so long ago one operative admitted to me that their departments simply don`t talk to each other even if they work in the next room in the same building . They each have a very narrow focus and remit and are seemingly incapable of looking at holistic solutions to the homelessness problem .... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

12:21 PM, 19th October 2020
About a month ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 19/10/2020 - 10:39
``The sensible solution of temporarily subsidising private rents to landlords where necessary to keep tenants in their homes was apparently not considered .........``

This subsidising of rents has happened in my area for a long time now . What the procedure is . Tenant falls behind . I write to council and say i am going to evict but would be happy for them to stay on on the proviso that the arrears are paid off and DHP awarded for any shortfall in their entitlement going forward. They say ok then get the tenant to apply for DHP and for me to produce a rent statement .

This has resulted in me receiving £1000`s and £1000`s in back rent. Keeps the tenants safe and saves the stress and costs of court and upheaval of their kids etc . , Keeps me happy And it also saves the taxpayer loads as i think it costs the taxpayer about 3 times as much to house in TA than in the PRS .... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

18:10 PM, 18th October 2020
About a month ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 18/10/2020 - 15:56
Sounding off on here is great as its just free therapy for me but it also hopefully brings something to 100`s of lurkers who never post but who absorb the content and then make their own choices going forward

Also it has value to the junior Gov assistant in the relevant housing department tasked to check out the major property portals and social media to get a flavour of current thinking of LL`s and collate that info for their bosses. So its a good direct route in to the powers that be

Whilst this briefing paper has some gravitas it is by no means the first study of its kind to look at the problem . Its been talked about ad nauseum in government since 2006 with studies by Shelter and subsequent years by RLA, NLA , Crisis, NatCen ,NHF etc etc

The problems are so widely known in Gov and have been for 14 long years and some solutions are so blatantly obvious but nothing is done to implement them . Or something is done as with the 2010 HB Amendment Regs enabling direct payment to LL to be made much more attainable again but then that policy is suddenly abandoned with the onset of UC which put us back in the dark ages .

So personally I don`t expect this report will make any significant progress as historically the other reports have failed to do so .

I conclude there is just not enough appetite or /and expertise in government to resolve the problems

I would be delighted to be proved wrong... Read More