Landlords petition ministers over universal credit payments
Friday 6th July 2012
A petition calling for universal credit housing benefit to be paid to landlords if tenants fail to pay their rents, has been placed on the Downing Street website.
Under new proposals revealed this week, the Government plans to scrap the existing right of landlords to ask for Local Housing Allowance – the benefit paid to tenants in private rented accommodation – to be paid to them if the tenant falls into arrears or is judged to be vulnerable.
The petition asks that the Department for Work and Pensions reverses this proposal, saying it should take a ‘common sense approach’.
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