Agent letter evicting UC tenants read out by Corbyn in PMQs

Agent letter evicting UC tenants read out by Corbyn in PMQs

9:03 AM, 16th November 2017, About 4 years ago 33

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Jeremy Corbyn used one of his 5 questions to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons PMQs to read out a letter from GAP Property saying it was giving every single one of its Universal Credit (UC) tenants two months’ notice ahead of the roll-out of UC in the area.

The letter said: “GAP Property cannot sustain arrears at the potential levels Universal Credit could create.”

The letter sent to UC tenants by GAP said: “This is an extraordinary event that requires both you and us to take extraordinary measures.”

Corbyn told the PM that the buck stops with Ministers and “Blanket notices of eviction handed to tenants, because of Universal Credit are totally unacceptable, should shock us all and bring shame on this Conservative Government.

“Ministers have been told over and over again that the roll-out of their flagship social security policy is causing debt, hardship and homelessness, and this is further proof of the devastating impact it is having.

“The Tories must immediately pause the roll-out and fix these problems that are turning people’s lives upside down.”

Is it possible to smell a U-turn coming with Theresa May asking to see a copy of the letter?

Although she did attempt to defend UC by indicating that after 4 months the number of tenants claiming UC in arrears had dropped by a third.

How many more big agents and landlords will it take to do the same thing before the penny drops and the government comes to terms with the UC issues that have been reported by Property118 landlords and contributors ever since its inception?

 



Comments

by Robert Mellors

23:36 PM, 23rd November 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 23/11/2017 - 23:32
Presumably your business will also be hit hard by Universal Credit, and the Benefit Cap?

by NW Landlord

23:36 PM, 23rd November 2017, About 4 years ago

The more portfolio landlords housing the vulnerable the better this is a great opportunity

by NW Landlord

23:39 PM, 23rd November 2017, About 4 years ago

It will but the influx of Eastern European workers has changed our model to the detriment of lower class families ok benefits I really believe we could add value to this meeting

by NW Landlord

23:43 PM, 23rd November 2017, About 4 years ago

I don’t take UC anymore but u can’t control people loosing jobs etc and going on it we operate at the lower end of the Market predominantly and could offer a compelling case of how these policies are hitting the poorest in society

by Mick Roberts

7:33 AM, 24th November 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 23/11/2017 - 21:46
Yes would be so simple wun't it Luke, to just tell us they have the UC47 form.

by Luke P

10:08 AM, 24th November 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 23/11/2017 - 23:43
NW Landlord. Drop me an email... info at gapproperty dot co dot uk

by NW Landlord

11:00 AM, 24th November 2017, About 4 years ago

Hi Luke Just sent an email

by Mick Roberts

13:26 PM, 24th November 2017, About 4 years ago

I house about 100 Benefit tenants in Nottingham-Couple that with tenants kids etc, & maybe 3-400 people-I've never worked it out, & have just found out we may be getting UC for all tenants Sep 2018.
And they ain't gonna' understand the gaps that UC create between HB paying the last 'rent' to when the next one is due, & to when UC will actually be paying.
And these are all my own houses, so I'm gonna' be in s__t street, if UC carries on the way it is.

Potentially a lot of people homeless if no rent comes in.

I've also found out from next year, apparently Govt & DWP going be picking up the bill for the Local Councils placing people in Bed & Breakfast, so will the Govt finally wake up when they've got to start laying this money out theirselves.

by Luke P

13:31 PM, 24th November 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 24/11/2017 - 13:26
Get your S.21 notices served before rollout then. It's the only thing you can do to protect yourself as a business. Although I fully expect that if it becomes 'the norm' then HMG will look at curbing them further, if not scrapping them altogether. Hopefully by then some of the creases will have been ironed out.

by NW Landlord

13:34 PM, 24th November 2017, About 4 years ago

I think a meeting of portfolio landlords especially ones at the lower end of the market would be a great idea a plan a strategy before the meeting with the government. They may then get a feel for the scale of there repeat attacks on our sector and the amount of people it affects. S24 and UC is going to hit portfolio landlords the hardest they need to understand how risky what they are doing is.


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