Someone I work with has found private shared accommodation. The agent wants 2 months rent in advance - 1 month up front and 1 month for the end of the tenancy.
I've looked this up and it seems like a way round registering a deposit with an accredited scheme.
If we were to get something in writing from the agent stating that the last months "rent in advance" would not be withheld as a deposit for any damages would this cover things? Either way it doesn't sound great and I cannot find anything which can state categorically whether this is legal or not.
I'm not sure whether its just me but if I keep needing to log in to the website to read articles. is this a problem? I'm hoping so otherwise it will make me reluctant to use this site regularly otherwise as I have little time to read stories so check in and out for a few minutes at different parts of the day.
stupid question probably but what does "attendance" include in regards to housing benefit. its a question the benefits department ask in relation to claims but they won't actually explain exactly what it is!
I understand it is to do with any support/services provided but what are these in relation to B+Bs or supported lodgings?
I’ve been reading the thoughts of one of the Inside Housing regulars about the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This document appears to be a complete disaster and yet there is no comment on this by him apart from to support it as the way to solve our housing crisis.
I provided evidence on several occasions in the comments section and as would provide some analysis on this as that is what Inside Housing are here to provide as I understand but this hasn’t been forthcoming.
Therefore I thought I’d open it out for people to comment and will briefly summarise what the problem appears to be.
In short – this is meant to reduce red tape I believe and let people build more houses. In reality, housing providers, government departments and housing bodies are saying that not only does the NPPF create more confusion; it may actually end up slowing down the process of agreeing new builds due to the contradictions in the document. Amazingly, according to one representation by Shelter on this, the NPPF could result in housing being built which is "unaffordable to people of average or below average incomes"!
It also seems that the document could encourage ANY form of development which can all be classed as "sustainable" despite the fact that it could mean "motorway service stations, roads to the airport and advertising hoardings".
In short, it could make things worse whilst destroying the environment with developments that create little more than urban sprawl which aren’t sustainable and aren’t affordable and will take longer to build. I think this is worthy of intense debate and think it’s about time it was discussed on here..
Is it appropriate for a housing association to issue S21 notices the minute tenants move in purely to make it easier for them in the event of any problems arising and eviction proceedings being necessary?
This housing association have no record of ever trying to get someone out without good cause but not sure whether its appropriate/ethical?
I'm a bit slow when it comes to figuers so was wondering if someone could explain a couple of details about the cap.
Firstly, thousands of families will be made homeless by the cap which affects people claiming housing benefit. Is it the case that people that are in work but on a low income who might receive a smaller amount of housing benefit simply to cover a shortfall will be far less affected?
Secondly, when David Cameron talks about families getting £26,000 or more in benefits - isn't it the case that a large amount of that money goes directly to private sector landlords, especially in London where rents are far too high?
Just wondering to what extent councils will be able to amend the tenancies for existing tenants?
I ask because an article on here today noted that Westminster are stating that "Existing tenants could have their tenancy agreements amended to make it clear any criminal or anti-social behaviour could result in eviction".
Is this allowed? I didn't think people with secure/assured tenancies woudl be affected?
Can anyone tell me if a joint tenancy is different to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or a type of Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
I have just been provided with a Joint tenancy for someone who is going to be sharing a house (landlord does not live at the property) and they will have their own room and share kitchen and bathroom.
It doesn't state anything other than that is is a Joint Tenancy for residential accommodation so wondering whether the person will be have the rights associated with an AST or whether they might have less..
I have a young person who has been given notice by the landlord. He presented at the council on the day of his eviction but was advised that he had to stay until the landlord gets a court order.
this is despite the fact that the homelessness code of guidance states that they shouldn't do this if the landlord has issued the correct notice; that the council are satisfied that the landlord intends to seek possession and that there would be no defence to a possession.
All these requirements are met.
My question is - the guidance states that this can be ignored if a council are seeking alternative accommodation and therefore that person can stay in the accommodation for "a reasonable period" whilst the accommodation is found. So what is a "reasonable period"?
Can anyone advise me please. If someone agrees with their landlord to surrender their Assured Shorthold tenancy does the normal notice period stand or can the rent liability end on the date of surrender?