Housing Benefit and rent from a lodger


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Fredxx

A friend is in a pickle, where a lodger has upped after pressure to pay up
arrears of rent.

Her claim for housing benefit for this period assumes that she received this
rent in full, and no allowance for arrears or non-payment. I thought HB was
based on actual receipts, not on any promise of payment. Am I wrong here?
 
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Robbie

Fredxx said:
A friend is in a pickle, where a lodger has upped after pressure to pay up
arrears of rent.

Her claim for housing benefit for this period assumes that she received this
rent in full, and no allowance for arrears or non-payment. I thought HB was
based on actual receipts, not on any promise of payment. Am I wrong here?
HB doesn't always cover the full rent. In part it depends when her claim
to HB began as there are currently two HB schemes in operation for
private tenants when assessing the amount of HB that can be paid.
Arrears or non payment aren't taken into consideration for HB as the
starting point is the contractual weekly or monthly rent.
 
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mike

HB doesn't always cover the full rent. In part it depends when her claim
to HB began as there are currently two HB schemes in operation for
private tenants when assessing the amount of HB that can be paid.
Arrears or non payment aren't taken into consideration for HB as the
starting point is the contractual weekly or monthly rent.

I think the OP means his friends HB has been reduced because of the
income she should have received from the lodger.

If she was declaring an income and it ceased then it's up to her to tell
HB, I would also assume some time limit applies to reporting the change,
similar to benficial changes for DWP means tested benefits. If the
change isn't reported within a calendar month then the reassessment is
from the date the change is reported.

There are probably good cause provisions, i.e.she can request
backdating, but she will have to show good cause for the delay and the
longer she has delayed reporting the change then the less likely she is
to be successful. The sooner she reports the change and asks about
backdating the better.

Of course they could still make a non dependant deduction for the friend
even if they accept good cause and that the friend ceased to be a lodger
when the rent became unpaid.

Mike
 
F

Fredxx

mike said:
I think the OP means his friends HB has been reduced because of the
income she should have received from the lodger.

If she was declaring an income and it ceased then it's up to her to
tell HB, I would also assume some time limit applies to reporting the
change, similar to benficial changes for DWP means tested benefits. If
the change isn't reported within a calendar month then the
reassessment is from the date the change is reported.

There are probably good cause provisions, i.e.she can request
backdating, but she will have to show good cause for the delay and the
longer she has delayed reporting the change then the less likely she
is to be successful. The sooner she reports the change and asks about
backdating the better.

Of course they could still make a non dependant deduction for the
friend even if they accept good cause and that the friend ceased to
be a lodger when the rent became unpaid.
Sorry for not replying to this group earlier.

First of many thanks for the replies. In this case the lodger has
disappeared, but the local authority assume that she paid rent. I have no
prospect of tracing her but the local council, of course, have official
sources of information.

I fully accept that the lodger's HB may not have covered the rent, but I
feel it is unreasonable to assume I receive the agree payments.

I was unaware that they could make a non-dependant deduction.

Many thanks again.
 
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fido

Sorry for not replying to this group earlier.

First of many thanks for the replies. In this case the lodger has
disappeared, but the local authority assume that she paid rent.  I haveno
prospect of tracing her but the local council, of course, have official
sources of information.

I fully accept that the lodger's HB may not have covered the rent, but I
feel it is unreasonable to assume I receive the agree payments.

I was unaware that they could make a non-dependant deduction.

Many thanks again.
They can make 'non-dependant' deductions as they expect the non-
dependant to pay towards the housing costs. If they don't pay that's
your problem.
 

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