Reply To: LL tenant disputes: do LHA rules mean we have to pay the LL?


I’ve done an about turn on this issue. I did suspend a claim where clt withholding rent but when the LL appealed because we told him that we weren’t paying [i:65d32027fa]him [/i:65d32027fa]my appeals officer quite rightly pointed out that I couldn’t suspend the claim because I wasn’t any more considering a decision. By not paying the LL I had in fact made the decision. There is also a Commissioner’s case addressing when it is in clt’s best interests not to pay the LL and in this case the Commissioner was quite clear that the risk to the clt of running up rent arrears was NOT in his best interest, regardless of the nature of the dispute with LL. I have therefore revised my earlier decision and am now paying the LL direct.