by Mick Roberts
14:53 PM, 3rd September 2020, About A year ago 24
The biggest Housing Benefits Landlord in Nottingham here. So I know what is happening and I want to take you, but I can’t.
Another reason here why landlords won’t accept you.
The house that you want, the Universal Credit (UC) tenant has just left on the 6th September. UC operates a Benefit assessment period BAP, from one part of the month to the next.
The house that you want, for example, the tenant’s BAP was 17th to 16th and the tenant’s payment date was the 23rd. So the landlord got the rent on the 23rd (for the period 17 July to 16 August).
So you would think in all common sense, UC would pay the old Landlord up the 6th September, the date the tenant left. Oh no, UC and the government don’t have common sense. They stop ALL PAYMENTS to the landlord from the 22nd August. Even though they acknowledge tenant lived there from 23rd to the 6th of next month.
Guess what else, the new landlord gets the rent from the 23rd August onwards. Even IF TENANT WASN’T LIVING AT HIS HOUSE!
Shocking, the new greedy landlord gets taxpayers money for something he hasn’t provided. Meanwhile, the old Landlord is out of pocket, and now he thinks “I ain’t taking any more benefit tenants if this is how the UC Tory system treats me” so you UC tenants lose out.
You may wonder why UC operates in this bizarre way which eventually leads to you being homeless? It’s because their BAP Is nice and automatic, no manual human intervention is needed. The computer can decide who gets paid and who doesn’t and UC’s top man, director Neil Couling can’t see anything wrong with this. UC says it’s up to the old tenant to pay. I say No it’s not when Landlord is already being paid directly, UC is paying me then, not the tenant, stop passing the buck.
So UC tenants, you may wonder why you are really struggling to find accommodation. There you go. Please pass this story to your MP, Councillors, your case manager, work coach etc.
And you landlords please share and forward to people of authority too. Eventually, UC will see common sense, but not before thousands more UC tenants become homeless.
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