Recently, a tenant contacted us, worried that she would not be able to claim a housing allowance because she does not have a written lease. As rents in London have risen three times faster than wages, more and more of us are entitled to housing benefits. In 2017, members of 208,000 working-age households claimed housing allowances for the costs of privately rented houses in Greater London. Most of them (137,000 households) were active. DWP uses the lessor`s creditor reference number to pay both rent arrears and the managed APA payment to the lessor. If your tenant is in arrears of rent, you can offset this payment in case of late payment. If your rent is on credit, they can ask you for that amount. A Universal Credit applicant must provide proof of their rental responsibility and proof that they live in your property. If a tenant does not have a written lease or lease, DWP may accept a letter from their landlord or rental agent confirming the current rental and service charges. If the landlord is not willing to provide a letter, you must write to the landlord and request a declaration in accordance with section 20a of the Housing Act 1988.
In accordance with Article 20, tenants have the right to require written notification of the terms of their lease. Any lessor who fails to respond to a request without adequate apology within 28 days is fined in the event of a summary conviction (i.e. by a judge, before the Court of First Instance). Now that so many Londoners need a housing allowance to keep the roof, many people call our office with related questions, although Renters` rights can`t really advise London on the benefits. The question of how to enforce rights without a written lease is a particularly unfortunate one. However, it is possible to do so. Keep reading to learn more. There is a brief update of the campaign to end so-called “no fault” evictions at S.21, the root of much uncertainty and misfortune. A link to the new useful MHCLG guide “How To Rent A Safe Home”, with an invitation to eat sweets and tell me about renting if you don`t make it to London Pride on Saturday 7 July. Not having a written agreement could complicate the use of housing allowance, but recourse is not impossible.
The case of R v Poole ex parte Ross showed that no written agreement is necessary – only the obligation to pay the rent. Landlords should discuss this with their tenants and if they agree, fill out a UC-47 form to request it. If the tenant is already late, the landlord can also claim third-party deductions to reduce this, with an additional amount being deducted each month from the applicant`s personal allowance Step 2: If your tenant had to apply for universal credit as a result of COVID-19, they need a letter from you to check the amount of rent. the address of the property in which they reside and when the lease began….