Service charges

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    can someone settle a difference of opinion please?

    If someone owns their home, are the service charges HB eligible or do the DWP pay them along with the mortgage (assuming they qualify for Mortgage assistance)?


    Kevin D

    If the clmt is an “owner” (as defined under HBR 2), then all payments made by him/her are ineligible for HB – HBR 12(2)(c).

    Andy Thurman

    I’m assuming we’re talking leasehold on a flat??

    Payments by an owner are not eligible for HB. I’m pretty sure DWP won’t pay either – all they cover is mortgage interest.


    Thanks a lot, I knew I was right but not going to be smug about it…!!

    John Boxall

    I thought that the DWP could pay some service charges for leaseholders

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