17:21 PM, 4th February 2021, About 12 months ago 15
I have a two-bed flat let to a lady, her child and partner. Rent £630pcm – UC pays £599.99 she pays top-ups herself (as part working/claiming)
Over Dec, there were some issues with her previous partner and the two children they have together, so the kids moved in with her on a very temp basis while the adults sorted this out (I was unaware of this until she called me in early Jan to put me in the picture)
She has just called me again to state that a decision has been made with her first partner (the father of the two kids) that the children remain with her. She has called the DWP, gone over this all with them, explained her change of circumstance and they have apparently agreed to pay me now £900 towards the rent. With UC rent for period due 30 Dec – 29th Jan due, I am not sure if it will cover this period or next month so will just have to see what comes into the account in the next few days.
She said she is now looking for a bigger property but is unsure she will find one as the flat is in the perfect location for her work/kids schools etc, but a bigger house will mean a move further out.
I’m in a bit of shock to be honest, but keen to understand what to do next. Do I up the rent to meet this now by changing the TA, then have the issue of upping the deposit etc or do I leave as it is as she is looking for another house and may well be out very shortly?
Is it normal for the DWP to pay out in this way knowing that clearly 2 adults and 3 kids are in a two-bed flat?
What other implications does this have? Anyone else been in this situation? She is a lovely tenant, so I don’t need to look at this as a point to cease the tenancy, but I am not sure if on the other hand, this is a long term solution either. Wear and tear with all those people in the flat will be more and of course, there is the other tenant underneath who may object to the increased (inevitable not purposeful) noise levels.
Any ideas where to start with this anyone?
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