Where the HB Office are seeking to recover an overpayment from an HA / private landlord it is always worth considering whether to challenge that decision.
Note: recovery from a claimant's ongoing benefit is NOT recovery from a landlord, but counts as recovery from the claimant - click here
What if the overpayment has already been recovered - is it too late to challenge?
Not necessarily - if the overpayment has already been recovered, however this was done, as long as the challenge is made within the time limits - usually a calendar month, but up to 13 months in some circumstances
- then a challenge can still be made. And if successful the HB Office will need to refund the overpayment already recovered.