Backdating letter

If you qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), your entitlement will normally be awarded from the Monday after you requested the application form (as long as you return the form within one calendar month).

In some cases the start date of your claim can be backdated for up to one month prior to your claim date.

“These borrowers were given 30 days from the date of the denial letter to appeal that denial, but those 30 days had already elapsed by the time they received the backdated letter.

"In other cases, Ocwen’s systems show that borrowers facing foreclosure received letters with a date by which to cure their default and avoid foreclosure – and the cure date was months prior to receipt of the letter. Volatility was so high that trading was momentarily halted around p.m. In the wake of Lawsky's latest letter, each of the Ocwen-related stocks was also down as much as 10% for the day, as of p.m. The other leading nonbanks appeared to be suffering collateral damage from the NYDFS announcement.

For working age people the backdate period will continue to be 6 months.

For older people the backdate period will continue to be 3 months.

The following list shows examples of what is meant by good cause: These examples are only a guide to help you. If you forget to claim, or did not know you could claim, this would not be a good reason on its own.

You can make your request when you fill in your claim form.

The form asks the date you want to claim benefit from and why you have not claimed before.

If you are claiming universal credit as a couple and your partner is below pension credit age, you won't receive housing benefit and the rules are different.

Ask for your housing benefit claim to be backdated as soon as you can, if you are of working age.

Before a backdating award can be considered you must be able to prove good cause and show why you did not claim earlier.

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