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Loss of £20 UC uplift could increase risk of eviction

From 6 October, 6.2 million people in receipt of Universal Credit will have their benefit cut by £20 per week, an uplift which was introduced by the Government at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. This will not only see many people plunged into further poverty and struggle to pay basic bills such as rent and electricity, but also cut the amount of any Third-Party Deductions being made to repay debt such as rent arrears. This could potentially leave more people at risk of eviction, says Caridon Landlord Solutions.

Notice periods return to pre-Covid lengths from 1 October

The Government has confirmed that the emergency measures introduced as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020, requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property, will come to an end on 30 September.

24 Months to pay back advances on Universal Credit payments

Around six million people across the UK are currently receiving Universal Credit, a financial benefit payment provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intended to help those out of work or on a low income with daily living costs.

Report: Encouraging private landlords to rent to DSS tenants

For many years now, rising rents have put enormous pressure on those in the rental market. This has increased their vulnerability, not only because landlords are more likely to cherry-pick tenants who can afford the highest rents, but also because of a shortage of social housing.

Lack of access to APAs forcing UC landlords to serve notice

Caridon Landlord Solutions, which provides specialist advice on Universal Credit and Housing Benefit to private landlords, letting agencies and housing associations, says that landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the online Universal Credit landlord portal is closed to new claimants. It is thought this is because the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) is overwhelmed by the number of new claims, but landlords say it is forcing them to consider serving notice on their tenants.

Major changes to Universal Credit and benefit payments

Universal Credit is a payment which is replacing six legacy benefits, and these are: Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and Working Tax Credit.