Benefits information for Universal Credit and Housing Benefits
Universal Credit and Housing Benefit
We still have tenants in receipt of Housing Benefits administered by the Local Authority, but these are gradually being migrated to Universal Credit. Most tenants on benefits now receive Universal Credit from the Department of Works and Pensions.
Universal Credit is being rolled out across the UK, and here in the North West we have been dealing with it for 5 years. RPC works very closely with both the DWP and our Local Authorities to do what we can to ensure our tenants apply for and receive the housing benefits they are entitled to, and our landlords receive the rent due to them. In many cases we have been successful in applying for the housing benefit element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to us rather than to the tenant. This makes things better for both parties, as the tenant is not tempted to spend this allowance on other expenses, and we are notified or become aware at an early stage if the benefit has dropped or has been stopped. We encourage our tenants to continue receiving benefits by notifying the DWP regarding any change in their circumstances and keeping up to date with information required by the DWP.
Tenants – If you have any queries about your online application or need help with providing the DWP with the information required, please ask us and we will do what we can to explain what they require and help you find what you need to supply to them. When you take on a tenancy, we ask you tell the DWP that you have given us permission to ask the about your benefits and you want them to share that information with us. This helps us keep your housing benefits coming in on time and stops you from getting into arrears and risk losing your home. RPC welcomes tenants on benefits, and we are here to help if we can. Tenants - you can find the online application form for Universal Credit on this link. Apply online for Universal Credit
Landlords – If your tenant falls into arrears we will ask the DWP for additional payments to gradually catch up and have been successful in collecting rent arrears in many cases. We have a dedicated secure email connection with the Universal Credit department giving us the advantage of quick and confidential notification of payments and exchange of information. RPC welcomes Landlords with properties in all areas, including the Compulsory Landlord Licencing areas. No area is “difficult to manage” for RPC, and we strive to do the best we can for both our Landlords and our Tenants. For the official government information please follow this link. UK Government Universal Credit Information