Section 4.1 of Universal Credit Guidance states that if a private tenant has not provided all the necessary information in the universal credit, DWP will contact them. If they do not have a lease indicating current rent, a letter from the landlord or landlord is acceptable. If you have a rental agreement in which you and one or more other people are jointly responsible for paying the rent, you are a tenant in public housing with respect to the benefit. This will be the case if you have a lease covering a certain number of people. To find out how much you can claim in the housing allowance, type the rent you have to pay, not the whole rent. This will usually be the total rent divided by the number of common tenants. For example, if three tenants in common pay a weekly rent of $150 per week for their accommodation, they can each claim $50 per week in housing allowance. Each individual must apply for a housing allowance based on his or her own circumstances. If you are a couple, you are considered a right for the purposes of the housing allowance and only one person should claim a benefit. It was only recently that a tenant contacted us because she was concerned that she would not be able to receive a housing allowance because she did not have a written lease. As wages in London have risen three times faster than wages, more and more of us are entitled to housing benefit. In 2017, members of 208,000 working-age households applied for a housing allowance for private rentals in greater London.
Most of them (137,000 households) were active. In the absence of a written agreement, your lease is still subject to certain conditions set out in the law. Some terms are « implicit, » even if they were not expressly agreed upon. For example, a universal credit applicant must prove that he is obligated to rent it and prove that he lives on your property. If a tenant does not have a written rental agreement or rental book, DWP may accept a letter from its landlord confirming the current rental and service costs. Step 4: Many tenants prefer to charge the landlord directly for universal Credit housing so they can manage the rest of their finances themselves. It is called an alternative payment agreement. Landlords should discuss this with their tenants and, if agreed, fill out a UC-47 form to apply. If the tenant is already late, the landlord can also claim third-party deductions to reduce it if an additional amount is deducted monthly from the applicant`s personal allowance, as no written agreement can make it more difficult to use the housing allowance, but it is not impossible to do so. In R/Poole ex parte Ross, it was found that no written agreement was necessary – simply the lease obligation. The housing allowance application form requires « proof of rent or private rent. » However, there is no legal requirement for an owner to submit a written lease (although it is best to get one if you can).
A rental contract is created by practice and not by paperwork. Once you move in and start paying the rent, rent is created in accordance with s54 (2) of the Law of Property Act 1925. If the owner is not willing to write a letter, you must write to the owner and ask for an explanation under Section 20a of the Housing Act 1988.