Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I have just found out that a tenant has moved their two sons into my property. The tenant is on Housing Benefit, not Universal Credit, and I understand I am legally obliged to report this (I have no doubt there is a false claim/s as a result).
It now transpires that the Council have known all about it since December!
The sons are officially registered ‘homeless’ (as chucked out of their own accommodation), but they also have ‘issues’ so can’t apparently (according to the tenant) go into hostel/hotel etc, so he said they could stay with him and Council agreed!
I am livid. The tenant has never told me about this until now and I have NEVER been contacted by the Council (apparently tenant has a Housing Officer assigned to him), yet they have given ‘permission’ to allow 4 adults into a 2 bed flat with a clear AST naming only two tenants, and are clearly paying benefits/money and the sons now listed at my address!
Where the hell do I start with unravelling this?
When a ‘change of circumstance’ though is reported to UC by the Landlord, they immediately stop ALL benefits, so that means no rent is paid until it is sorted out. Is it the same though for Housing Benefit?
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