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  • LHA/Universal Credit

    Landlords retaliate in the wake of "Panorama"

    I've heard anecdotal evidence of some unscrupulous tenants not passing on their rent money and waiting to be evicted. I'm sure most tenants are honest, but for the few who aren't, and who know how to work the system, where's the comeback. The police don't care because they consider it a civil matter, the council benefit people don't care because they've fulfilled their duty by paying the rent.
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    John Mac,

    Exactly what we've been saying for years.
    The Benefit cap don't cap the tenant at all, as they take it off the HB to the Landlord. The landlord suffers a shortfall, not the tenant. Where is the tenant learning her money is lower from that?

    Bill may correct me on this, but I think under UC, the Housing Element gets paid first before caps etc. Ooh baby some'at better for Landlord under UC.
    I know when tenant is sanctioned, their money gets sanctioned before HE. But that don't help when tenant gets paid HE too, as if that's all they receive, as their other money been sanctioned, they gonna' use the HE for food, gas, electric, which has happened to one of my tenants.

    I'm dreading the self employed SE lark where UC assumes SAYS SE must earn something like £1197 pm, even if they only earning £90pw. I hope hope, the HE gets paid first before this.

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    No - under UC the housing element is the last component - hence for OBC it is HB/LHA which is capped.

    Of course if you are getting max OBC at £20000 outside London that is plenty from which to fund rent and base living costs

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