one week gap for LHA rate

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  • #34452
    irenejoy
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    scenario. family in property from 06.08 and rent increases – can not afford top up . the lha rate at time of moving is say £680.00 pcm but now £725.00 per month. ( this meets new rent) tenants facing eviction due to not meeting top up.
    should and can we advise to have 1 week gap. ( our homeless section is happy to pay the 1 week gap of benefit to landlord – to stop homelessness). i can’t see any problems but have some other staff saying shouldn’t allow.

    if 1 week gap from old scheme to lha then what problem wiht any 1 week gap ???

    #96856
    Anonymous
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    Why are some staff saying do not allow?

    #96857
    irenejoy
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    because they believe that we shouldn’t allow it ???? i arguing but they bring up contrived to take advantage.
    think then this would apply to all landlords now charging the household lha rate entitlement and not a rentt based on the property size. i do know we can restrict below lha rate but then can we gamble that landlords would not evict or collect top up ??? however i digress…

    i feel this can be allowed but would appreciate some back up or reasons not to.

    #96858
    Anselmo
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    Errrr, what?? Whatever your thoughts about the whole “1-week gap” thing, this business of “contrived to take advantage” seems to be nonsense to me. That’s to do with a [i:5a8f494789]tenancy[/i:5a8f494789], if a [i:5a8f494789]tenancy [/i:5a8f494789]has been created to take advantage of the HB scheme that’s something else altogether. There’s no new tenancy in your case, two separate claims (awards) for the same tenancy.

    And obviously, every [i:5a8f494789]claim[/i:5a8f494789] is designed to take advantage of the HB scheme!!! Be a paradoxical system if they weren’t….

    #96859
    Anonymous
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    The 1 week gap is a myth. Tell me where it says you have to have one in Regulations. Get the clt to withdraw the current claim and start the follow-on claim the following week. As for “taking advantage of the scheme”, well, that’s the whole point of LHA isn’t it?

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