It is important Landlords and Letting Agents understand that a Tenant only qualifies for a certain level of Housing Benefit [LHA] and this is based on their needs NOT what the property is.
It is important Landlords consider the following - it has already been announced that from April 2011 and Oct 2011 there will be a new way in which Housing benefits will be calculated. This fundamentally means that the affordability of recipients on benefits will be significantly reduced. Presently 5 out of 10 properties in the rented sector are affordable to people in receipt of benefits. After the changes this will reduce to 3 out of 10. Equipped with this knowledge Landlords should be cautious when entering into long term lets to benefit recipients.
The major impact of the benefit reform introduced being is that tenants will receive less money than previously. In essence tenants will have to contribute more to the landlords in the form of top ups.
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.