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I have to say that I'm really coming to the end of my tether with Universal Credit.
It's impossible to get a managed payment.I send the UC47 form off to the correct email address and they still carry on paying the defaulting tenant even though they know she has rent arrears.I know UC know she is in arrears because the defaulting tenant told me that they had questioned her about it.
I have another tenant that has not paid me any rent since August.I have now found out she plans to do a runner after Christmas.She is probably in receipt of the UC money and is keeping it .I have issued her with a section 8.
Believe it or not the Council just told me she is entitled to pocket the money for as long as she likes as the money is the tenants under Universal Credit.You can't report it to the Council and get payments stopped after 8 weeks.
The only solution is Court Eviction.
I would love to know if a number actually exists for landlords because I was given 2 by the council and niether of them worked as the numbers had been changed.When you dial the changed numbers you end up on a general line which is not specific to landlords and nobody answered.
I'm sure I'm not the only one on PT that feels for you on this subject Bill. Yours would be a classic example to show the Govt. how they broke the housing market. If you have to go down the eviction route I hope you get the properties back quickly and in good condition.
I'm guessing you may be ditching UC tenants from here on?
You people complain about benefit subsidised rents. Stop moaning and accept the pitfalls as normal business problems or accept no taxpayers money.
Ok, you want them to stop accepting any taxpayers money, should they evict all benefit tenants then?
Bill can ditch UC tenants in the future....until this Govt. make it compulsory for LL's to accept them. As you say, a broken housing system already and they keep finding ways to make it worse...for all of us...
I made the decision last year not to take UC
Its hopeless so you have my sympathy's
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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As brought to you by Iain Duncan Smith. After UC I'd not trust him further than I could throw him, & I'm 69 with a dodgy back.
Sorry to hear that you are experiencing issues with Universal Credit and your APA requests have not actioned.
Are your tenants on full service or live service, I may be able to assist you in getting direct payments or directing you in the right direction to get your issues resolved.
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How are you guys going to make sure you avoid UC tenants in the future as I hear they don't have to disclose they are on benefits, is getting references from an employer the right way to go?
It will be pretty obvious when the tenant starts rent defaulting.
Plus when you start a tenancy you should have authority to discuss with DWP in the event that UC might be claimed.
The tenant won't have to tell the LL
The LL can confirm any suspicions as they will have tenant permission.
I always used to have permission letters for HB with councils. ..............just in case!!
No normal tenant would ever object to signing authority to discuss letters for UC.
Try using LRS for all your needs.
They do the lot
For sure, thanks for that Paul, it seems getting the right process in place for when prospective tenants come forward will be essential as once their in the property its too late.I can see a lot of LL that are not on top off things getting stung in the future as many UC tenants (when it fully comes in) are going to be displaced by the sounds of it and they will be constantly ending up on someone else's doorstep an unwitting LL may take them on.It really does seem to be a train wreak in the making as I can see many UC tenants not stumping up the HB money as they should not thinking that they are likely making life harder for themselves in future for short term gain.I'm looking to take in a couple of lodgers so will have preferable eviction terms but even still with this I don't really want to risk bother with UC lot who might come my way if they come up short elsewhere. I think I might just stick with student lodgers as there's a reasonably big Uni no far away from me.