a) no longer receiving the difference between LHA Rate and Rent (max £15 p/w), which has helped with b)
b) non-dependant living with tenant and therefore a reduction of £18.80 p/w,
c) no five bed allowance, and the reduction of other rates.
Would Housing Benefit consider a Section 13 to increase the rent even though they have just processed their annual review of this tenant, or would this only be considered in another year's time? As I wondered if I could increase the rent to the LHA rate of a four bed (which it is currently falling short), then with the non-dependant reduction this may almost even it out?
Also wondered if it was worth issuing a new tenancy agreement with the non-dependant named, as I wondered if they could claim for a room?
Tenant has massive arrears due to hospitalisation of youngest child, and we are really trying to work with her, so thinking if the non-dependant could claim also this would bring the arrears down much quicker.
(posted this previously to the landlord forum in error, meant to send via helpdesk)
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