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Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly to landlords at the start of a claim.
Currently, both social and private tenants who claim the controversial benefit are responsible for making rent payments to their landlord themselves.
But research shows that many tenants would prefer to have the assurance that their rent is paid direct to the landlord and now it would appear that their right to do this will finally be introduced as part of a new Universal Credit system.
Only tenants on Universal Credit who are struggling to manage payments themselves and who are in arrears to their landlord can apply for a direct payment to landlords to be made in the form of an alternative payment arrangement (APA).
Landlords can also make the request by submitting a UC47 managed payment and rent arrears form, but just 5% of Universal Credit claimants in private rented housing have their rent paid directly to their landlord, according to the government.
But the new online system will allow private landlords to request that their tenant’s rent to be paid directly to them.
Private rents in the UK seem to be going beyond ridiculous now.
I went out last night for a meal with friends. The bus dropped me into the city centre very early so I went for a walk around the block and walked by an Estate Agents. A familiar property in the window caught my eye. It was my previous digs being advertised for rent. I handed the keys back on 5th Jan and nearly 3 months later it's still vacant.
The letting agents advertised it for £675 a month. That's £125 a month more than I was paying between 2015 - 2017 (fortunately the rent never went up). This is a 1 bedroomed coach house style flat thats attached to one other house. Decent sized attic ad garage but the rooms were a bit small. It's been tidied up a little bit...looks like the mould around the bath has been cleaned according to the photo. Or photoshopped out!
When I got home last night I logged onto rightmove and it had just been reduced by £25 to £650. Still a hell of a lot of money to shell out for property suitable for 2 people. My current rent is less than half of this!
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