Reply To: Easy question – Single Room Rent.

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The following are relevant changes of circs as far as re-referring the rent is concerned (according to HB Gudance Manual):

Changes relating to a rent allowance
10.70 Under regulation 12A(1)(b) you must ask the rent officer for a determination when you receive a notification of a change relating to a rent allowance during the HB award.

10.71 Regulation 12A(8) (don’t know where the face comes from) defines the changes, which are outlined in paragraph 3, Schedule 1A. These are a

– change in the number of occupiers of the dwelling unless the dwelling is a hostel
– substantial change in the condition of the dwelling or the terms of the tenancy. Note: A change in the condition of the dwelling includes improvements by the landlord, but not a rent increase, no matter how big the increase, but see below
– rent increase under a term of the tenancy, and the
term, or a term which was substantially the same, was included in the tenancy at the time the previous determination was made, and
determination was not made because of
a significantly high rent
the size of the dwelling, or
an exceptionally high rent
– significant change in the composition of the household occupying the dwelling, and the original determination was a size related determination. Treat the following as significant changes
– a child becomes age 10
– a young person becomes age 16, or
– a change in the composition of the household occupying the dwelling

10.72 Any change of circumstances that falls outside those given above is not a change relating to a rent allowance and you cannot apply to the rent officer for a determination.

10.73 Former paragraphs 2(3)(d), 2(4) and 2(5) of Schedule 1A no longer exist and should not be app

For me, para 10.72 sums it up by saying if it ain’t there you can’t re-refer.