Seething Landlord

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 361

Seething Landlord

20:38 PM, 20th June 2019
Less than a minute ago

Subject to status and referencing

Reply to the comment left by JJ at 19/06/2019 - 15:47" A previous post suggested that claw back of benefits is a real risk, but for it to happen the landlord "should" have been aware of the circumstances giving rise to the disallowance of the benefit."
Just to elaborate on this, the following is an extract from - para 4.164

Following the April 2006 amendments to the HB Regs, LAs must recover an overpayment caused by a misrepresentation or failure to disclose information from the person or persons who actually misrepresented or failed to disclose that information.
Before accepting direct payments, a landlord should be made aware
• of their duty to report any changes of circumstances that they might reasonably be expected to know might affect the claimant’s entitlement to benefit
• that the LA may decide an HB overpayment is recoverable from them
HB Sch 9(11)(b) & (SPC) Sch 8(11)b)... Read More

Seething Landlord

8:21 AM, 18th June 2019
About 2 days ago

Subject to status and referencing

Reply to the comment left by ameliahartman at 18/06/2019 - 03:27
It is self-evident that a large number of landlords provide accommodation for those on benefits and many, like you will no doubt continue to do so. Others have had disastrous experiences in their dealings with the local authority and now with the DWP which have persuaded them that they will never again expose themselves to the toxicity of the benefits system.

When they turn away people such as you describe it is not actually a rejection of those individuals because of their disability or situation but a consequence of the fact that a significant part of their income comes from a source which is capricious, unreliable and impossible to communicate with on any sensible level.... Read More

Seething Landlord

17:49 PM, 16th June 2019
About 4 days ago

Should landlords have the right to refuse DSS tenants?

Reply to the comment left by Mark Shine at 15/06/2019 - 22:00
What Amelia has described is a business strategy that is time-consuming but deserves to be rewarded with far fewer problems than might be experienced by those who do not take the trouble to diligently vet potential tenants and then maintain regular contact so that problems can be nipped in the bud.... Read More

Seething Landlord

11:46 AM, 15th June 2019
About 5 days ago

Shelter ask for Landlords views

Reply to the comment left by ameliahartman at 15/06/2019 - 00:44
"the problem of revenge evictions under Section 21 (which HAS become a huge cause of homelessness in this country"
Amelia, where is your evidence for this? Are you confusing "revenge" with legitimate reasons such as rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, refusal to allow access for inspections or maintenance, abuse of the property, refusal to accept reasonable rent increases etc, all of which are fraught with difficulty for landlords if they try to use other procedures? It is propaganda from Shelter, Generation Rent and other assorted activists and so-called academic experts that has led to S21 evictions being labelled "no fault", to the extent that even those who should know better, such as Government Housing Ministers seem incapable of mentioning S21 without adding those words. It is a classic misinterpretation of the data and misrepresentation of the facts.

Research shows that in the vast majority of cases landlords use S21 even in the case of rent arrears because it is simpler, cheaper and more certain than S8.... Read More

Seething Landlord

18:40 PM, 13th June 2019
About A week ago

10% report same problem 10 times in social homes!

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 13/06/2019 - 17:19
I think you are underestimating the effect of senior managers and/or councillors being exposed to adverse publicity and the hostile questioning that would inevitably follow a successful claim against their organisation. It might not be their money but life for them could become very difficult.... Read More