LHA Moot Point

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    John Boxall
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    I asked an assessor to have another look at this claim………

    Couple, 1 child living in a 2 bed flat.  Tenancy in her name.

    The Couple then split up, he wont leave or contribute to the household.  She is taking steps to remove him.  Police etc are involved so I dont doubt that this is the case

     

    The processing team made her 50% liable for rent & CTAX, however as she is the tenant, I can see no grounds for this.

    However as they have pointed out, were we to treat him as a non dep, she would then get the 3 bed LHA rate – which is higher than the actual rent she is paying (This is the point where I must add I am not an expert on the ins and outs of the LHA rules)

    Any sugestions as to a possible way forward?  I cant see that we have any grounds to simply ignore his presence in the household, or do we just treat him as a non dep?

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #125801
    aosulliv
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    Treat him as a non dep, your system won’t pay more than the eligible rent

    #125821
    Kay_Tade
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    Yup, nowt else to do, have to give the extra room and then take the appropriate deduction.

    #125908
    bod
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    Non-dep is the correct solution. She is the sole tenant so should have 100% responibility.

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