Universal Credit deficit on rent?

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5 months ago

Universal Credit deficit on rent?

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Universal Credit deficit on rent?

I have had a tenant move out of a property recently and because it was 2 weeks into the month I was told that I would not get the rental payment.

The Universal Credit team told me that if it had been 3.5 weeks into to the month I probably would of got the rent.

Surly this cannot be correct?

Has any one else had this problem and can let me know.

Many thanks

Tony



Comments

Neil Patterson

5 months ago

Hi Tony,

I am not an expert on Universal Credit but Sherrelle at Cardinols is so I have copied her into the thread if she is available to help.

And or please see >> https://www.property118.com/universal-credit-advice-landlords/

tony tony

5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 23/02/2018 - 11:30
thanks

Kenny Ingham

5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 23/02/2018 - 11:30
HI Neil,
just to endorse Sherrelle as being superb at her job as recovered over £3K on 2 cases. Wont hesitate to use in future and super service.

Thank you all for your endorsements, I am glad that Caridon Landlord Solutions have been able to assist.
In regards to Tony's question Universal Credit is calculated completely differently than how Housing Benefit would be calculated.
The amount of UC that a claimant is entitled to is calculated over a monthly assessment period this is known as the BAP (Benefit Assessment Period). An assessment period begins on the first day of entitlement to UC and lasts for one calendar month.
Each subsequent assessment period begins on the same day of month with two exceptions:
• If the first date of entitlement falls on the 31st of the month, each assessment period begins on the last day of the month.
• If the first date of entitlement falls on the 29th or 30th of the month, each assessment period begins on the 29th or 30th of the month except for February when it begins on the 27th day or 28th day in a leap year.
For example:
Rosie and her two kids, aged 8 & 6, move to Croydon and claims Universal Credit, from 23rd March, 2017. Her claim is assessed and paid 1 month and 7 days later. Her first monthly assessment period starts on the 23rd (the first day of entitlement) and runs up to and including 22nd. She receives a payment on 30th of every month.
UC payments are calculated based on the claimant’s circumstances at the end of each assessment period and are usually paid a further seven days after that.
Where there is a change of circumstances part way through an assessment period, the claimant’s next payment reflects their new circumstances. The change is not applied ‘pro-rata’. This means that the previous landlord may lose out on some entitlement as a result and the new landlord may gain or vice versa.
This principle applies to all reported changes of circumstance such as changes in household, rent decreases/increases etc.
If you need further information on the Benefit Assessment Period please feel free to give me a call.

Reply to the comment left by Kenny Ingham at 23/02/2018 - 12:40
Thank you.
Glad I was of help.

tony tony

5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Sherrelle Collman at 23/02/2018 - 14:52thanks for your advice, still confusing , but also very unfair to the landlord , why should i dip out and the nxt landlord gain because the tennat as moved out at a paticular time , what idiots come up with these rules in the first place , no wonder the country is like it is cheers ts

Reply to the comment left by tony tony at 23/02/2018 - 15:05
Dear Tony,
Housing Costs are not paid in line of the Tenancy Agreement only in line with the tenants benefit assessment period.
If you need further information please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help.

tony tony

5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Sherrelle Collman at 23/02/2018 - 16:36
all i know is im 2 weeks rent down due to the tennat being on U C this didnt happen under the L H A seems the landlord is being penalised and im suprised that more landlords havent moaned about this stupid rule cheers ts

Jay James

5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by tony tony at 23/02/2018 - 16:45Hi Tony
As the ex-tenant still owes you the money, perhaps you could get them in court and so get perhaps a pound or two per week. That might be useless to you, but it would serve as a constant reminder to them that they must pay rent. And you never know, but their circumstances may change to having more money, in which case you would still be in touch with them and able to ask for more.

tony tony

5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jay James at 23/02/2018 - 17:57
no its not the tennat that owes me it is the universal credit department as i was getting paid direct,, also i dont know where the tennat is and for 2 weeks rent its not worth chasing , the point is u c should of paid the tennats rent up to when she went just ;ike the L H A cheers ts

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