David Marshall

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 22nd May 2015

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 14

David Marshall

9:55 AM, 14th July 2016, About 5 years ago

Universal Credit - Do I really need a new AST?

Thank you all for your comments.
I too believe that the DWP are staffed by inexperienced telephone operators who mainly work to a script. If it doesn't fit into one of their tick boxes they seem to be incapable of providing an answer or solution. After some persistance I managed to get an answer from a 'supervisor' (but not allowed to speak to them directly!!) which amounted to send in what you consider adequate and we will decide upon receipt. Unbelievable.

I sent a covering letter attached to the original AST outlining the rental contract details ie: amount, frequency, start date, periodic or not and any arrears.

I will let you know how I get on.

As background to this ludicrous situation the tenant was advised by staff at the job centre that she should stop claming JSA and instead claim whatever the sickness benefit is now called. She subsequently failed that assessment and was to to reclaim JSA. However, because we are a pilot area she was told she could only start a new claim for UC. Her HB was stopped on July 3rd and the first possible payment she will receive under UC is August 11th straight into her bank including the Housing Element of UC. Needless to say neither of us are happy.... Read More

David Marshall

11:24 AM, 28th January 2016, About 6 years ago

David Marshall

19:22 PM, 6th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Am I getting the most rent out of Housing Benefit?

You've got me very interested Robert. I let to HB tenants and I'm familiar with all the points you make except your statement in the first paragraph. Or are you referring to DHP top ups if the max LHA won't secure or retain a tenancy.?

Could you please expand on how to get more than the usual maximum LHA?... Read More

David Marshall

17:12 PM, 6th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Am I getting the most rent out of Housing Benefit?

I agree with the previous comments.

Just go onto the council web site where your property is based and search LHA. This will tell you the maximum amount they will pay for each property size in their area. More than likely there will be an explanation of family make up for each property size as well.... Read More

David Marshall

17:07 PM, 6th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Council Tax Liability

I appreciate all the comments thus far.

But does anybody know if in fact there is a 'legal duty' for a landlord to advise the council of a new tenant as opposed to just good practice?... Read More