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If you wish for your tenants Housing Cost Element (Rent) to be paid direct to you, as a Landlord you can make a request for a Managed Payment (APA) by completing a UC47 form, this form can be found on Gov.uk.
This form has recently been updated on 21/03/18 and the wording to support the Creditor Reference Number and the Tenant Reference Number has been amended to make it clearer for landlords to provide the necessary information needed to improve the APA process.
In addition the process and UC47 have been updated to ensure that the correct form is completed and directed to the right Service Centre for processing.
Further information about the APA process can be found in section 8 of the Universal Credit and rented housing: guide for landlords
We recently informed you on the updates of Transition to Universal Credit from Housing Benefit which was announced in the Autumn budget, this has now been confirmed and as
of 11 April 2018 a two week Transition to Universal Credit Housing Payment will be awarded to Housing Benefit (HB) claimants who naturally migrate to Universal Credit (UC) by awarding an additional two weeks HB entitlement from the start date of the UC claim.
Universal Credit is a passported benefit for Housing Benefit, the Transition to Universal Credit Housing Payment will be two weeks of Housing Benefit entitlement based on the claimant’s new circumstances of receiving Universal Credit. The landlord will receive the claimants eligible rent minus any deductions such as overpayment recovery or non-dependant deductions
for the two week payment this payment will be administered by Local Authorities.
This payment will not require any additional intervention from the claimant (unless they have a change of circumstance such as moving address, in which case they would need to inform their local authority).
The Housing Benefit transition payment will be paid directly to the person usually receiving the payment, for example if the claimant is in receipt of the Housing Benefit payment they will receive the transition payment to either credit their rent account, or to use for daily living expenses or to live off until they receive their first Universal Credit Payment.
If the landlord is in receipt of the Housing Benefit payment and receives the transition payment it must be allocated to the tenants rent account to clear any assisting arrears or to put the account in Credit
If a change of address has prompted the new UC claim, the Transition to UC Housing payment will always be paid directly to the claimant.
For assistance on more complex cases on Universal Credit or Housing Benefit please contact us using the form below and we will assist you in resolving your issue.
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