housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby looby » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:41 pm

if the council overpays a person housing benefit and then demands it back what options are available to that person?
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Re: housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby the_common_law_reverend_kenny » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:00 pm

If it's an 'overpayment' I'd say first option is give it back.
Don't dig yourself into a hole.
Especially if you are looking forward to future 'payments'.
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Re: housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby holy vehm » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:10 pm

An offer of re-payment should suffice. Make what you see as a reasonable offer given your financial situations. This should keep you in honour and out the courts.
Any reasonable offer should always be excepted.
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Re: housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby MikeThomas » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:46 am

Remember to ask how they've come to overpay you and point out that it is their mistake and that you are offering to help them remedy this situation (of their own making). Don't accept any charge of 'wrong doing' because as soon as you do they'll bring in the lawyers. Double check EVERYTHING before you sign it and if you don't understand it ask for time to peruse the documents and get another opinion.
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Re: housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby kliff » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:59 pm

looby wrote:if the council overpays a person housing benefit and then demands it back what options are available to that person?


PM if you like, suffered from this very problem myself in the past....

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Re: housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby blackmamba67 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:46 am

How can you be telling the op to give it back, when its not even been established if he/she recieved the money directly. If the money has gone from the benefits agency straight to landlord then how is looby liable when the said money has never entered his/her hands. Its an age old scam these parasites like to pull and even on here people are falling for their BS..
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Re: housing benefit overpayment...what are the options?

Postby JOHNIE_GEE » Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:00 pm

I think they are giving rent payments back to the tennents now,- or at some point - not sure about this but my mate mentioned this a few months back.
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