Landlord shut out

Posted: 3rd April 2012

FlatsWhen a social housing provider sought to assist more than 60 of its tenants with their appeals in respect of Housing Benefit, the court ruled that it had to obtain the authority of the tenants to do so.
The social housing provider was only able to obtain authorities from 50 tenants, so it applied to the court to run the appeals in its own right, on behalf of its tenants, as a ‘person affected by the decision’. The landlord would ultimately have been the recipient of the Housing Benefit payments.
The argument reached the Court of Appeal, which held that the landlord was not able to run the cases on behalf of those tenants for whom it held no authority.