Bill irvine

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Bill irvine

13:05 PM, 30th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Greedy Rich Landlord raking it in collecting Taxpayers money he's not entitled to

Reply to the comment left by DSR at 30/06/2021 - 12:31

If any LL receives an overpayment demand letter or invoice and wish to challenge this, I would recommend, firstly, submitting the Mandatory Reconsideration to the local Service Leader file:///C:/Users/User/OneDrive/Desktop/Jobcentre%20Plus%20Service%20Leaders%20-%20GOV.UK.html and ask him or her to route this to the Appeals staff.

One of the three cases I referred, in this way, has now been resolved, in favour of the LL. The other two cases are likely to produce the same outcome as DWP simply got things wrong on a number of levels.

I deal with HB & UC overpayments on an all too regular basis. I successfully argued one recently where the Council was pursuing the LL for 6 figures. You can imagine the relief he experienced when the Council conceded. I would encourage all LLs to question, if not challenge, any attempts at recovery.

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Bill irvine

12:22 PM, 30th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Greedy Rich Landlord raking it in collecting Taxpayers money he's not entitled to

Hi Mick

Absurd as Mick's note may sound, it's 100% true. This despite the fact, landlords (social & private) who receive Alternative payment Arrangements (APAs) have an OBLIGATION to notify DWP of any change in circumstances that can affect the continuing award of the "housing costs element".

The author of DWP's letter is also completely oblivious to the fact there is no longer a "landlord enquiry line" for PRS landlords. Landlords can call the General Enquiries line, wait 20-30 minutes to get through, only to be told, we can't act on this information, it must be provided by the tenant. Again, this is entirely incorrect.

Mick refers to the scandalous situation with regards to the £6 Billion "overpayments" recorded in 2020-21. I explain this, in more detail here:

You'll note Mr Couling, DWP's Director General, view, that in the scheme of things, £6 Billion is not so bad! Over the next few years, DWP will be sending letters/invoices to landlords, seeking to recover part of this sum. Landlords have rights to challenge such attempts at recovery, but, here again, DWP makes it difficult for landlords to lodge a Mandatory Reconsideration and later appeal. The standard forms relating to both stages, are designed purely for claimants.

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