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Will universal credits affect tenants paying their rent?

Posted on Monday, 3rd February 2014 by

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With the introduction of universal credits in stages from April 2013 to October 2017 by the government, this is a natural question for landlords.  Universal credits (explained in full on https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit) aim to replace the 6 main benefits.  As it is, tenants in receipt of benefits receive them directly and, by virtue of the fact they are receiving benefits, can often struggle to make monthly rental payments due to financial difficulties.  Universal credits, at the moment, do not provide protection for social housing landlords as the payments are made directly to the tenant and if the benefits continue to be cut as they are, this will become a concern for all landlords.  Of course, just because a tenant is on benefits does not mean you will have rent arrears, but this is a real concern for all landlords as the scheme is rolled out.


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Paul Stubbs - Litigation
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