Originally Posted by Dav010
The chances of that happening are remote. The LL cannot legally refuse HAP, but there can be issues with compliance, for instance the condition of the property and whether it meets the required standards, and whether the LL can provide a tax clearance certificate. Also, remember, HAP is paid in arrears so you will have to continue paying full rent until the payment starts being lodged on the LLs account.
Thank you for your answer.
This reassured me on one side, but quite worried me on the other.
Where I live now is temporary. A friend of mine is renting me her holiday cottage while looking for a long term accommodation.
At some stage I had to increase my budget in order to find something more suitable and decent. I was previously advised by Hap that landlords might refuse the scheme at first stage, so it's better to pay the deposit and the first month's rent. Once I'm in the house, they cannot refuse Hap.
Having increased my budget, I can afford to pay the deposit and the first month, but I cannot keep paying the same amount for other months.
I have called Hap office now and they told me that once the forms have been signed, I don't have to worry about it. Landlords will receive the money in arrears, but they'll get paid. I don't have to pay other full rents.