Universal Credit Landlords guidance updated.

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    Universal Credit Landlords guidance updated.

    There has been an update issued today to 2 parts of the guidance for landlords regarding Universal Credit.

    25 March 2019
    Updated the Universal Credit and rented housing: guide for landlords, and Alternative Pay Arrangements (APA) content.
    Universal Credit and rented housing: guide for landlords
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-for-landlords

    Alternative Pay Arrangements (Includes Managed Payment To Landlord (MPTL)).
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...t-arrangements

    #2
    Landlords (and tenants) may also find this interesting.
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque..._passthrough=1

    It's the questions that some UC claimants are asked about their rental agreement and landlord, including asking the tenant what the landlord would do in certain circumstances,
    10. Has your landlord rented out this property before? If yes, who to and how much rent was being charged at that time (if known)?
    11. If you left, would it be rented out again?
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    19. What action would your landlord take if you failed to pay any rent
    20. What action would your landlord take if you did not pay the full rent?
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    26. Would your landlord accept less rent at times if you could not afford the full rent?
    27. Will your landlord accept a lower rent if Universal Credit does not meet your full rent liability?
    #27 is very interesting, if a tenant says yes then will they try to pay less UC?
    Apparently a tenant now has to be able to read their LLs mind in order to claim UC housing costs:

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      #3
      Originally posted by nukecad View Post
      #27 is very interesting, if a tenant says yes then will they try to pay less UC?
      Apparently a tenant now has to be able to read their LLs mind in order to claim UC housing costs:
      They are trying to spot contrived tenancies.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Mrs Mug View Post
        They are trying to spot contrived tenancies.
        Quite so, using the sledgehammer and nut principle.

        The DWP statement that accompanied that form in the reply to an FoI request states:
        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...coming-1338543
        The form is to gather information which will assist decision making, in relation to the housing element only of Universal Credit, and help to determine Universal Credit benefit entitlement. There is no penalty or sanction applied if the form is not completed or if the claimant does not have all the information requested.
        However when a claimant is given/sent the form they are told that they have to make an appointment to take it back to the jobcentre, if they don't make an appointment, or don't go to that appointment, then they get sanctioned.

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