Housing Benefit and Rent Restriction


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jason

My tenancy agreement has just been renewed.

I have today had a letter from the housing department showing an ineligible
rent deduction of £15.00 per month. Not knowing what this was for I phone
the housing dept, who told be that the property had been assessed and the
rent officer has stated that the rent on the property is too high, hence I
will have to pay the difference of £15.00 per month myself.

The question is, I have claimed HB for the same property for the last two
years. The property have previously been assessed by the rent service who
allowed the full rent charged by the landlord without deduction.

The rent on the property has not increased, and two years later another rent
officier "rerates" the property and claims that the rent is too high.

Does this mean that rental values have fallen over then last two year? That
the origional assesement was inaccurate? or that this assesment is
inaccurate?

Has anyone encountered this before? Can I appeal?
 
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Lackey

: My tenancy agreement has just been renewed.
:
: Does this mean that rental values have fallen over then last two year?

No, gone up.

That
: the origional assesement was inaccurate?

Impossible/

or that this assesment is
: inaccurate?

Yes.

:
: Has anyone encountered this before?


Yes, I applied for something called a wotsit payment from the council to
cover the shortfall, it lasted for 13 wks then on my second rent assesement
they paid the full rent.



Can I appeal?

Yes, I appealed but I could not go to the hearing, the b'stewards held it
some 60 miles from where I lived.
:
:
 
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anthonyberet

Lackey said:
: My tenancy agreement has just been renewed.
:
: Does this mean that rental values have fallen over then last two year?

No, gone up.
err.. no it means they have fallen.

Can I appeal?

Yes, I appealed but I could not go to the hearing, the b'stewards held it
some 60 miles from where I lived.
:
You couldn't have added anything to the hearing , it's a purely technical
matter and your appeal was doomed I am afraid.
-It shouldn't have been passed to the appeals service anyway.
 
S

Simon

anthonyberet said:
err.. no it means they have fallen.

Have rents for property really fallen? When property values have increase
substantially over then last few year? Are there any staistics for this?
You couldn't have added anything to the hearing , it's a purely technical
matter and your appeal was doomed I am afraid.
-It shouldn't have been passed to the appeals service anyway.

If this is not the appeals service - what is the correct department?
 
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anthonyberet

Simon said:
Have rents for property really fallen? When property values have increase
substantially over then last few year? Are there any staistics for this?
The Local-Reference-Rent used in HB assessment is descibed by the DWP as
"the midpoint between the highest rent which is not exceptionally high and
the lowest rent which is not exceptionally low for properties of a similar
size in the same locality."
http://www.hbinfo.org/menu3/circs2000/c00_24.shtml

I don't know offhand if the info is published anywhere I am afraid (one
suspects so, but the govt websites aren't exactly easy to navigate).
Of course changes can be caused by differing interpretations of the word
"exceptionally", but I am not a rent officer..
If this is not the appeals service - what is the correct department?
let me get back to you tomorrow, this can actually vary from council to
council I gather...
 

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