does anyone know how the 8 week direct payment rule works?
if the tenant misses the first advance monthly paymen say 1st jan, then misses the payment next month say 1st feb , doesnt the 8 week apply on the 2nd feb according to the new LHA guidance?
council benefit admins sometimes are useless and go with the old rules. anyone had similar experience? i dont see much point demanding money from an Hb tenant, and feel that section 21 and accelerated posession is e best route together with getting my direct paymwnts.
Also what are the risks of direct payments? I am trying to weigh the risks between serving a section 8 or go down the section 21 route . there are 4 months left on the AST and tenant will be in more than 8 weeks worth of rent arrears in a weeka time.
I also have a guarantoor but was thinking to recover monies through a small court claim.
My tenant didnt want me or my agent to have access to his beenefit which in a way is sucpicious. But the only 'encouraging' comment is my agent spoke to the council through a one off approval by the tenant and council said tHey suspended payment and now have all paperwork to process and it would take up to 30 days to process. This was said by the council not the tenant.
I need to understand the 8 week rule better and also worry that council administration is terrible.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!