Reply To: Appeal – Strange situation!


Again assuming you are satisfied that the tenancy is exempt accommodation (the charity provides support to this claimant), I wouldn’t go so far as to say you cannot restrict the rent, but it is a bit more difficult if the claimant is “vulnerable” for old Reg 13 purposes – you have to demonstrate that something cheaper and suitable is available before you can restrict HB. The particular difficulty in exempt accommodation, which some landlords appear to have exploited, is that suitable accommodation for a tenant with support needs is harder to identify than accommodation that is just generally suitable for the average person. But iof you can find such accommodation that is available, or likely to be available to your claimant, you can restrict her HB.