10:55 AM, 12th September 2016, About 5 years ago 22
Like many landlords on this forum, I let properties to tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit. I usually get the HB paid direct to me as not all tenants would use it to pay their rent.
I have recently read that the Benefit Cap is being reduced in November 2016, and as the Housing Benefit (or “Housing Costs” element of Universal Credit) is the portion of overall welfare benefits that will be cut first, I thought a summary of the likely cuts would be useful.
Another website I get e-mails from (though mainly dealing with social housing issues) very helpfully gave a table that gives this information, and the cuts are going to be massive. e.g. a two parent family with three children will get a maximum of £50 per week Housing Benefit (£108 pw in London), leaving them to find the rest of their rent from their Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance.
Clearly, a great many families are not going to be able to top up their rent sufficiently, and will get into rent arrears and eventually be evicted. If landlords have tenants who claim Housing Benefit (or Universal Credit) then they really need to see this table of maximum Housing Benefit. It is a bit big to replicate on here, but if anyone would like me to e-mail them a copy please let me know.
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