FOI Request - Private Landlords Housing Allowance

Request 101000372951

Under The Freedom of Information Act, please confirm to me  in my personal request for the following, from 2010 to 2015, listed annually:

1. The number of private landlords in receipt of direct payment of housing allowance that have been held liable for any alleged overpayment caused by a change of circumstances of their tenant

2. The total sum of liability alleged for any overpayment caused by a change of circumstances of their tenant

3. The total sum of liability alleged for any overpayment caused by a change of circumstances of their tenant that was repaid to you by the landlord

4. The number of private landlords you alleged were liable for any overpayment caused by a change of circumstances of their tenant that disputed your averments

5. The number of private landlords you alleged were liable for any overpayment caused by a change of circumstances of their tenant that you withdrew your claim of overpayment to seek recovery from the tenant

6. The number of private landlords you alleged were liable for any overpayment caused by a change of circumstances of that you raised litigation against in order to recover the alleged overpayment

7. All of the above questions with respect to your social housing payment provisions instead of those made to private landlords, since the point in recent time when legislative changes compelled you to pay housing allowance directly to your tenants.

Response 27-08-2015

This information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information not held.

Due to the manner in data used in the recovery of Benefits overpayments is organised, it is not possible to provide you with any of the information that you have requested.  Our data does not clearly indicate whether the person who is due to make repayment is a private landlord or is a social housing landlord. In these circumstances there is no information to extract and convey to you.

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