An agent who claimed nearly £4,900 in housing benefit despite renting out a house she co-owned has been given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay a total of £3,258 in costs and a victim surcharge.
Toni Wenlock from Rugby denies dishonestly making a statement to Rugby council in order to claim £4,830 in housing benefit; she also denies failing to tell the council of a change in her circumstances.
Discretionary housing help held back to stop bedroom tax ‘buy out’
Councils asking for additional cash to support tenants hit by welfare reform had their funding capped because the government believed they would buy their way out of the bedroom tax.
A ban on letting agent fees in England would have no negative impact on the private rented sector, a study of the Scottish market has revealed.
Commissioned by housing charity Shelter, the report found that the lettings market in Scotland has grown since fees were banned in 2012, with 54% of agency managers saying that the ban had been positive for the sector.