10:00 AM, 25th February 2021, About 7 months ago 23
Hi all, I recently got a possession order from the courts after a year and £15,000 of arrears. My issue is that the tenant was claiming Housing Elements.
I informed Universal Credit (UC) several times about the non-payment, during the period and asked for direct payment, but the tenant was quick to lie about the boiler being broken, which in turn, UC continued to pay him for a further 10 months (despite my numerous calls & warnings) until last month they made direct payments to the landlord.
The UC has now confirmed they paid the tenant 10 months out of 12 month’s rent. The tenant has pocketed in excess of £10,000 of the taxpayers & public funds meant for rent payments to fund his lifestyle etc.
Any answers on these will be much appreciated:
1. Can I report this to the police for theft/ fraud as UC might not do anything about it?
2. Has UC got any liability for this. (I applied for direct payments 4 different times).
3. What are the procedures/ costs of arranging a good bailiff if necessary?
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