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Impact of Universal Credit on rent arrears

What is Universal Credit? Universal Credit has been brought in to replace several different benefits and tax credits that are currently given out. These include: Housing benefit Child tax Credit Income support Working Tax Credit Income-based Jobseekers allowance Income-related Employment

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Tenants and housing benefits

We thought we’d look at housing benefit tenants and what landlords should be aware of if they are considering renting or already do rent to someone on benefits in this article. With £25 billion being spent on housing benefit payments

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Residential eviction webinar Q&A part 2

We bring you the answers to your questions from our November residential eviction webinar (part 2), you can read part 1 of this Q&A here. If you cannot recover any money and I want her to go bankrupt who pays for

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Residential eviction webinar Q&A part 1

A tenant left my property and owes approximately £4,000 and I have been to court. If I ask you to go ahead in recovering this money will the HCEO fees will added to the debt? She lives with her brother

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Royal assent for the Homelessness Reduction Act

Starting life as a private member’s bill raised by Bob Blackman, the Homelessness Reduction Act was later backed by the Government and has now received royal assent on 27th April. The Act is good news for both the homeless and

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Where to turn when reliable renters become troublesome tenants

If you’re not familiar with the song ‘Murphy Owes Me Rent’ by Frank Harding (and why would you be, it’s from 1890), as a landlord, it is worth checking out. It tells the story of a well-respected landlord who owns

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Eviction of residential tenants webinar Q&A

Our thanks to all those who attended our webinar in October. We had several questions from participants and bring you the answers to these below. If you have any other questions about evicting tenants under section 42 (s42) of the

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A faster tenant eviction option for private landlords

Private landlords may be justified in feeling pressured from all sides – losing buy-to-let mortgage tax relief, the additional 3% stamp duty, licensing fees being introduced by many local authorities, not to mention the lengthy delays surrounding the eviction of

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Writs of possession key facts

A High Court writ of possession instructs a High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) to recover the property or land on behalf of the owner from tenants or trespassers. If proceedings were started in the County Court, an order for possession

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Can you afford to wait 45 weeks for a county court bailiff?

The Ministry of Justice has published the data for January to March 2016 on possession claims. The statistics During this period there were 38,053 landlord county court possession claims, down 2% on the previous quarter (after seasonal adjustment) and down

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