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). Please note that we can only pay you (the landlord) if your tenant does not receive a local housing allowance or universal credit or is considered “threatened” under the protection policy. Please contact us at the following address for more information. The housing allowance cannot be paid for the part of the rent that covers services such as water, fuel or meals. The cost of these items is deducted from the rentable before the calculation of the housing allowance. In addition to proof of income, each applicant for housing benefits must provide the following information: If your current lease started in 1997 or earlier and you are renting from a private landlord, you need to know if you have a “guaranteed lease”. You can check your rental on the Shelter website. If an applicant lives in a multi-occupancy house (HMO) that should be licensed, the absence of a license does not in itself mean that the lessor cannot charge rent. A tenant living in an unauthorized HMO is entitled to the housing allowance.

[13] If you are paid to provide accommodation, care, assistance or supervision to someone, this is assisted accommodation. Universal Credit does not pay these fees. The Housing Executive pays for assisted accommodation. Universal Credit, however, can only pay the tenant`s housing costs to the landlord if they have the landlord`s bank account information. If your tenant is entitled to Universal Credit for their housing costs, they cannot claim direct payment if: To get the housing allowance, it is necessary to be counted as subject to rent. [1] The following are the most common situations in which people are treated as not subject to rent (and therefore cannot receive housing allowances). The defendant`s policy to date of rejecting applications for rent because the applicant inflated a housing allowance was unlawfully discriminatory on the terms of sex and disability, contrary to sections 19 and 29 of the Equality Act 2010. If a person lives in property under an agreement that is not entered into on a commercial basis, no housing allowance is paid. [4] If rent is found to be excessive, the amount of housing allowance paid may be limited. Housing allowance may also be limited because a tenant lives in a larger property than necessary.

In the case of rent calculated over less than 52 weeks, the monthly housing costs are calculated based on the number of weeks during which the rent is calculated. For example, if a tenant pays rent of 48 weeks per year, Universal Credit is calculated as a weekly rent multiplied by 48 and divided by 12. If there is no written agreement, your rental is still subject to certain legal conditions. Some terms are “implied”, even if they have not been expressly agreed. For example, District Justice Victoria Elizabeth Mark, who sat in York County Court, considered the case of a single mother with a disability whose application for private tenancy was denied by a rental agent because of her receipt of housing allowances. . . .