HB can only be paid directly to the landlord if the tenant is in arrears with their rent
Will just waste applicants and landlords time. Landlords will stop advertising No DSS, does not mean they will start accepting them. DSS tenants will find themselves wasting their time contacting landlords/ agents who can’t / won’t rent to them instead of focusing on the ones that will.
I’m with you. There’s plenty of landlords out there happy to accept Dss. Maybe if the powers that be pay me the £4000 I lost on my very first venture into lettings I would reconsider. They can sue me but all that will mean is that I sell my hard earned properties and the council can house them. Its time to stop all this stupid molly coddling and dictating to hard working people who have strived to pay their own way in retirement instead of relying on benefits.
I think you sum up the situation perfectly… one day government will wake up and realise that the industry they have so constantly attacked for public attention provided a critical service to the housing shortage … its organisations such as Shelter that have fueled the flames of hate towards us with its constant propaganda .
In my own situation recently i had a tenant who paid zero in rent for 8 months and under local authority advice remained in the property to the last … this recently decorated and new carpets in both bedroom flat had £3850 worth of damage … carpets so badly stained … it took 5 weeks to complete the works … this tenant was re housed with partner and baby by the council to a flat next to mine … a flat managed by the council for a private landlord …its just shocking that they moved in without any kind of reference from me .
I would warn any landlord reading this … never to rent using a council as the agent