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What happens if a tenant's housing benefit doesn't cover the rent?

16th Aug 2018

Housing benefit is so complicated and the system so convoluted there is little wonder many private landlords shy away from letting their property to tenants on benefits

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Having a tenant that has recently been made redundant is certainly not a situation you'd like to be in. However, it is, of course, a common reality. If you do find yourself in that situation right now, don't start panicking just yet. There are a number of different options available to you, and there are always ways to work around the situation. Here's a look at some ways you could proceed.

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The Government’s current housing policies are just tinkering around the edges of the issue. We need to deal with the cause of the problem, not the symptoms.

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Private landlords need to increase rent at certain times to maintain their investment and ensure that the rent their tenants pay is in line with similar properties in the area. As a landlord, it's important you do this in a legal and proper way so that tenants receive the right amount of notice before a rent increase takes effect.

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As a landlord you have responsibilities. To your tenant and to the law. Many of those responsibilities come down to ensuring the safety of your tenant. And the services and appliances within the property are well maintained and safe to use. This is especially true of gas safety.

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A tenant falling behind with their rent is something a private landlord dreads. With good reason. Regular rent deposits are essential for any landlord. You have expenses to meet and need the cash flow.

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