Universal Credit is here !

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

Universal Credit is here !

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Universal Credit is here !

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


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Alan Loughlin

23:11 PM, 21st June 2015
About 6 years ago

cannot blame the EU for imigration from Africa etc

Bill agroh

10:32 AM, 27th October 2015
About 5 years ago

Hi Jonathan,

I like your comments, my thinking is aligned with yours. can I discuss further with you on 07508124510?

June Cook

10:50 AM, 17th March 2017
About 4 years ago

Have any landlords on here tried to get direct payments from UC? I am trying at the moment and reaching a dead end at every turn. I feel the government are facilitating tenants bad behaviour by making the process too long and difficult.

Old Mrs Landlord

11:16 AM, 17th March 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "June Cook" at "17/03/2017 - 10:50":

June, you need to go to the thread entitled "Who is banging their head against a wall wth Universal Credit?", it's much more up-to-date. Sherrelle Collman appears to offer expert help, though understandably probably not free of charge.

June Cook

10:31 AM, 18th March 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Old Mrs Landlord" at "17/03/2017 - 11:16":

Thank you!

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