Renting to a LHA/Universal credit tenant

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    Renting to a LHA/Universal credit tenant

    Hi All.



    I have been out of the game for some time now, so not fully up to date. However I do need to rent out a property and I am considering LHA/UC clients. What usually happens in the past is that I get in touch with the council and lease out a property to them, they pay directly to me and they also do the management. However things have changed and now they introduce tenants to me, one of the questions I asked was around rent payment, how can I ensure that the rent gets paid directly to me as the landlord.

    The council are saying that they cannot guarantee this, in the past what the council used to do is help clients write a supporting statement stating why rent should be paid directly to me, as I said earlier I am very out of date with the way things work right now especially with universal credit, so I want to ask other users on the forum on what steps I can take to ensure that the rent gets paid directly to me.

    Thanks in advance.

    #2
    It's unlikely to happen unless there are arrears, universal credit is managed by the DWP, not councils, and the stated purposes of universal credit is to allow/compel benefits recipients to manage their money.

    Most benefits recipients (who aren't pensioners) now work, so there is no longer a clear distinction between someone on benefits and someone working.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Have a read of this general UC guidance for landlords:
      https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-for-landlords

      Also see Managed Payment To Landlord (MPTL) here:
      https://www.gov.uk/government/public...t-arrangements

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        #4
        Thanks very much for the reply.

        My document pack contains the following

        Tenancy agreement
        Gas safety
        Electric safety
        How to rent guide
        Inventory
        EPC.
        Since there is no deposit involved, do I need to include the prescribed deposit documentation ?

        Thanks in advance.

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          #5
          Make sure tenancy agreement states deposit £0
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            You hit the nail on the head, there is very little support for the lone landlord considering taking on someone on LHA/UC.


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