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Private landlords call for help reclaiming Universal Credit rent arrears

05 December, 20170 Comments
Landlords are calling on the Government to create a mechanism for them to reclaim any rent arrears built up by Universal Credit (UC) claimants who move out of their property. Research by the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) has revealed 36% of private landlords have more confidence to rent to tenants on UC as a result
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Autumn Budget 2017 | Items of interest for Private Landlords

23 November, 20170 Comments
Housing – Stamp duty abolished for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000 – estimated 80% of first time buyers to benefit. – For first time buyers in London there will be no stamp duty on the first £300,000 of the purchase price. Longer tenancies – The government will consult on the barriers to landlords
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Latest Universal Credit Survey reveals rent arrears exceed £6.68 million

30 August, 20170 Comments
A report measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords in England, reveals the undue stress and hardship individuals are experiencing claiming Universal Credit – where nearly a third of all households living in council and ALMO owned homes were in rent arrears as at the 31st March 2017. Undertaken in May 2017,
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Welfare Reform via Universal Credit | New helpline for landlords launches

29 August, 20171 Comments
The Department for Work and Pensions has recently introduced a new helpline for landlords whose Universal Credit tenants will not communicate with them. Private landlords who find themselves unable to obtain the tenants co-operation to get DWP to supply information when it comes to enquiries about major payments, e.g. a direct payments to the landlord,
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50% of Universal Credit claimants now in arrears

19 July, 20162 Comments
As the number of Universal Credit claimants in debt is much higher than expected, Lord Freud has commissioned an “urgent” review to directly address the issue. Describing the proportion of claimants already in arrears before they switched over to direct payment of benefit for housing costs under UC as “frightening”, speaking in the House of
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First Ever Universal Credit fraud and error stats released

24 May, 20160 Comments
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published its first annual fraud and error findings for its Universal Credit (UC) welfare reform programme, as part of a wider benefit system report for the 2015/16 period. According to the latest DWP figures, overpayment rates for the programme were recorded at 7.3% during the last full
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