Universal Credit is here !

Universal Credit is here !

9:18 AM, 28th May 2015, About 6 years ago 55

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I went to a Landlords Forum in Bridgend, Wales last week, what a nightmare! It is finally arriving, the dreaded Universal Credit!

This is where our tenants will receive the housing element of around £500 plus every month. Will they pay us?

Here is my idea to canvass. If you have Housing Benefit tenants they all fill in forms stating “if you do not tell us about any changes in circumstance we will prosecute you”. Now this means HB dept will prosecute for any change right. So…if the HB element of Universal Credit is not paid forward to the Landlord, then why can’t that be a change of circumstance? (The circumstance being that the UC paid forward by Gov’t is paid forward for that housing element).

I am lobbying my local MPs on this. I won’t accept any more rent voids, for if landlords like me go down, then any prospective tenant loses a chance with a good landlord. The very threat of prosecution under Universal Credit housing benefit element not being paid might just stop the tenant thinking they can get away with it.

Any thoughts fellow landlords??

Kevstop



Comments

by Neil Robb

12:50 PM, 19th June 2015, About 6 years ago

It may not be that bad I have had tenants who have received direct payment for years and they have been brilliant.

Then again I don't normally let to drunks and drug users so maybe that's why I am lucky.

In Northern Ireland the local Assembly said it would be madness to do away with direct payment to the landlord and were going to carry on paying landlords direct. But due to the fact the can not make a decision on the local budget, this may now go back to the mainland who will then implement their policy here.

by Luke P

14:39 PM, 19th June 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jack Ass" at "19/06/2015 - 12:36":

What's the programme?

by Neil Robb

14:49 PM, 19th June 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Luke P" at "19/06/2015 - 14:39":

Hi Luke

I think it is the one that starting on the 24th June at 9 pm Channel 5 Nightmare Tenants Slum landlords

by Rod

14:52 PM, 19th June 2015, About 6 years ago

It's called 'Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords'' on channel 5 at 9 pm Wednesday 24th June, enjoy!

by Jan Martin

16:58 PM, 19th June 2015, About 6 years ago

What has always got to me with HB tenants is that they all seem to run cars .
Surely there is something very wrong when they pull up in a car to view a property .
Cars cost money but they have one .

by Rod

18:02 PM, 19th June 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jan Martin" at "19/06/2015 - 16:58":

Oh for the 'good life'!

by Gary Nock

0:51 AM, 20th June 2015, About 6 years ago

And the big telly, PS4, Galaxy S6 Edge(128 Gig)

by Jan Martin

13:53 PM, 21st June 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Nock" at "20/06/2015 - 00:51":

Yes Gary,and the holidays and the fags and the drink . Where do I go wrong ???

by Rod

19:00 PM, 21st June 2015, About 6 years ago

Don't forget the tattoos and a few more things besides! I'll give you a cryptic clue 'compost'.???

by Alan Loughlin

19:31 PM, 21st June 2015, About 6 years ago

there really is only one answer to this, that is give HB a wide berth, forever.


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