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Have a Tenant who has gone into Rent Arreas of 8 weeks.

The Tenant has been in for over 3 years. At the start of the Tenancy, the Tenant told me she was in full time work - she was often in rent arrears, but always paid up in the end.

I have just recently learned she is in receipt of Housing Benefit to supplement her income.

She has now fallen into rent arrears once again.

Applied to Council for payment to Landlord, which the Council have accepted. I believe the HB that the Council provide do not cover the whole rent (ie there is a shortfall).

Just received a letter from the Council which includes the line

I sent the Council a rent statement showing that she is often in rent arrears, but after much hassle on my part, the Tenant eventually pays up.

Are other Landlords aware of theis practice, as I thought once a decision has been made to pay to the Landlord, this continues until the Tenancy ends.

How is the Council going to find out if her rent arrears has been satisfied (other than contact Landlord - I would be very loathe to tell them due to rent arrears in the past, or contact Tenant).

The process with the Council can take up to 4 weeks anyway, so was advised by the Council personnel to apply after 4 weeks of rent arrears, rather than the Council website stating apply after 8 weeks.

10/10/2015 10:28

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