Almshouse temporary absence LHA?

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  • #38358
    valbaker
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    We have a case where a tenant was moved out of her almshouse (where she was ‘old style’ rent officer case) into temporary accommodation (also an almshouse) while old house was updated. She was only away 10weeks. We paid HB at temp address based on LHA and now she has returned to original property. We are wondering whether this case should have stayed as an RO old style case. Any thoughts….we may have an overpayment at temp address

    #108120
    Carol Meredith
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    Was she charged rent in respect of the old address but was just being housed in the temporary one so it was in effect a licensed move? Been a long time since I have done one of those but was common several years ago when our LA properties were being modernised and we continued the rent at the old address.
    If that was the case I would say that it should have stayed as old style RO case.

    #108125
    valbaker
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    Thanks Carol, yes she was charged at original old property and the charity moved her temporarily into another address while they did the old property up. The rent at the temp address was different and the assessor classed it as a move and changed HB to be based on LHA. I think it should have stayed as an old style RO case too -I’m pleased you think so too – like you say we don’t get these very often.

    #108126
    valbaker
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    Aha – no I know what you mean now! No, when she moved she stopped being charged at old original address and they charged rent at the temp accommodation at a different rate – now she’s moved back to original they are charging her the original rent again – that does change things slightly doesn’t it?

    #108127
    Carol Meredith
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    Yes that does change things. As she was charged a different rent at the new address it cannot be a licensed move.

    #108129
    valbaker
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    I’m going round in circles with this – to be clinical about it ….it’s either temp absence in which case we wouldn’t pay usually at temp address; or it’s a move- now I’m thinking it’s a move, therefore change to LHA – I think it’s decision time …..going for the latter – now LHA :~

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