by Mick Roberts
17:07 PM, 18th September 2020, About 9 months ago 7
Benefit tenants, you cannot get accommodation, because the DWP Pensions Minister Will Quince has not got a clue how Universal Credit works and the biggest UC Landlord in Nottingham here can no longer take you. https://t.co/AuoqDsQ2ct
MP Will Quince, please wake up, there could theoretically be no arrears, thousands of fewer evictions if you just gave these UC tenants who you wish to treat as adults and become more responsible a choice!
You will change this allowing tenants to ask for money to be paid to them one day, and we will look back and say Wow all them thousands of people and kids homeless that all could have been avoided.
What the Media hasn’t picked up on yet is the colossal fraud cause DWP will not talk to the very important Landlord who provides the 100k+ house. Fraudsters up and down the country set up claims elsewhere & because UC DWP will categorically not check with the Landlord the tenancy is genuine, the fraudsters are nicely pocket the UC claim including the valuable rent on a fictitious tenancy. All could be avoided if checked with Landlord. This will be made more public eventually. They are getting over £1600 pm for a few months FREE, taxpayers money. A Landlord check would stop this in its tracks.
We also have genuine tenants ringing up UC saying I’ve got a new landlord (They haven’t really), please pay me some more money please and UC do no checking at all that the same Landlord who hasn’t had money for months is now
They tried this in 2008 with Local Housing Allowance – It didn’t work. 2012, Housing Benefits would say send us an email, job done, we’ll pay you, we know the tenant is spending it. Why don’t DWP learn from history & just go ask their sister departments?
As it is now, when UC tenant is in arrears, we fill in the online form. This is AFTER US LANDLORDS telling UC for SEVEN years, your UC47 paper form ISN’T working. DWP UC defended it. Why have they now set up an online system for us then?
My point being, Govt, DWP UC constantly get it wrong and do it our way eventually, but 7 years to do a simple change that HB did 8 years ago? Come on wake up Govt.
With this online form now, we get ZERO confirmation it’s been accepted, zilch. So we are none the wiser. We just hope and if the Landlord finally gets paid, the tenant who’s in big arrears just rings UC back up & says pay me please, so the naive UC DWP staff who don’t know their own rules, say Ok then. Meanwhile, Landlord wonders where his rent is & then gets repossessed so can’t pay the mortgage. This is happening and we wonder why the homelessness is shooting up.
The DWP spokesman says he has not heard from Landlords in relation to this. Hello? Yoo hoo is anyone there? Only 3 months ago, your UC director top man Neil Couling asked for details of my genuine tenant who had her details and claim stopped by a Fraudster who set up claim in my genuine 50+ year old disabled tenants name. And here’s the biggy, my tenants money got stopped and UC said to her, we can’t talk to you, the Fraudster has to ring us to sort this out, you couldn’t make it up.
Neil Couling UC Director knows all about this, so for DWP to say they’ve not heard of stuff like this is utter lies.
So you Landlords that are still not being paid by UC, please keep telling your MP and beware when/if taking UC tenants at your own risk, or those you have a track record with.
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