Darwen couple told to repay £5k benefits

Darwen couple told to repay £5k benefits

Darwen couple told to repay £5k benefits

First published in Darwen

A COUPLE have been ordered to repay more than £5,000 in housing benefits following a conviction for a breach of licensing laws.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has reclaimed the money through a Rent Repayment Order (RRO) under new selective licensing laws.

Michelle and Anthony Ormerod had control of properties in Nancy Street and London Terrace in Darwen, which were required to be licensed under part three of the Housing Act 2004.

They were prosecuted under a Northern Residential Property First-Tier Tribunal earlier this year, meaning the council could apply for the RRO.

The order requires repayment of any housing benefit for the 12 months preceding the date of conviction. The pair had to pay £1,577.93 for Nancy Street and £3,828.81 for the property in London Terrace.

Selective licensing laws were introduced in a bid to thwart rogue landlords renting out overcrowded and potentially dangerous homes. In practice it means landlords must adhere to strict rules and their homes are inspected.

Coun Arshid Mahmood, executive member for housing, said: “It is right that those who break the law and fail to hold the correct licensing are fined, and where appropriate made to repay housing benefits under a Rent Repayment Order during any period when an offence has been committed.

"It is important that we send a message to those who are thinking of flouting the law in a similar way that it will not be tolerated, and we will take similar actions whenever possible, prosecuting those who do so.”

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2:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Scum like this are robbing the real people who need benefits and why we have a government cracking down on them all, again cases like this make everyone feel like benefit haters.
Scum like this are robbing the real people who need benefits and why we have a government cracking down on them all, again cases like this make everyone feel like benefit haters. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 11

4:15pm Wed 26 Mar 14

frank says...

the headline doesn't help.
the headline doesn't help. frank
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Wed 26 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Ouch!
That's got to hurt, as they will still have to find the money to pay the mortgages on the property. Still, if you flout the rules, expect to get bitten in the wallet when you're caught.
Ouch! That's got to hurt, as they will still have to find the money to pay the mortgages on the property. Still, if you flout the rules, expect to get bitten in the wallet when you're caught. woolywords
  • Score: 8

6:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

camel says...

Welcome to Darwen, the home of anything that is going on in 'Low Life Land', what's happened to my Town, ok I did leave in 1974, how the family I still have left up there put up with the place is beyond me.
Welcome to Darwen, the home of anything that is going on in 'Low Life Land', what's happened to my Town, ok I did leave in 1974, how the family I still have left up there put up with the place is beyond me. camel
  • Score: -3

8:12am Thu 27 Mar 14

A Darener says...

camel wrote:
Welcome to Darwen, the home of anything that is going on in 'Low Life Land', what's happened to my Town, ok I did leave in 1974, how the family I still have left up there put up with the place is beyond me.
A few bad apples don't spoil the whole, as long as they are weeded out.
[quote][p][bold]camel[/bold] wrote: Welcome to Darwen, the home of anything that is going on in 'Low Life Land', what's happened to my Town, ok I did leave in 1974, how the family I still have left up there put up with the place is beyond me.[/p][/quote]A few bad apples don't spoil the whole, as long as they are weeded out. A Darener
  • Score: 6

6:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

pwitch says...

A similar situation exists now that housing benefit is paid direct to the tenant when the tenant does not give the person letting the property the rent at all - same result. I know at least one person who had a house repossessed because he could not pay the mortgage for that reason, and he lost everything - that same tenant removed the cooker and the heating fixtures before he left so the place could not be re-let until repairs were done. And you have to give notice to get such tenants removed by the courts - no wonder folk do not want DSS tenants any more and the good folk are stigmatised.
A similar situation exists now that housing benefit is paid direct to the tenant when the tenant does not give the person letting the property the rent at all - same result. I know at least one person who had a house repossessed because he could not pay the mortgage for that reason, and he lost everything - that same tenant removed the cooker and the heating fixtures before he left so the place could not be re-let until repairs were done. And you have to give notice to get such tenants removed by the courts - no wonder folk do not want DSS tenants any more and the good folk are stigmatised. pwitch
  • Score: 4

7:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Scum like this are robbing the real people who need benefits and why we have a government cracking down on them all, again cases like this make everyone feel like benefit haters.
You have no idea what this case is about, do you?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Scum like this are robbing the real people who need benefits and why we have a government cracking down on them all, again cases like this make everyone feel like benefit haters.[/p][/quote]You have no idea what this case is about, do you? CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 0

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