Protected tenancy and HB award

Client been protected tenant for 46 years and the home was recently sold. They were notified by new landlord of rent arrears but was subsequently notified by HB department that HB award had been suspended due to change of landlord.

Client contacted new landlord regarding the suspension of HB award and they sent a new assured shorthold tenancy for 2 years.

I have advised client they have become a protected tenant under new landlord and is under no obligation to accept the new tenancy.

Just checking because I’m concerned we’re missing something here, the change of landlord and the purported change in tenancy type have no bearing on existing HB award, this isn’t a relevant change of circumstances as she remains under a liability to make payments to live in the property. Do you agree?

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