More on the “success” that is Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit:
Last year social landlords were warning that replacing housing benefit (with payments to them) with Universal Credit (and direct payments to tenants) would prove a nightmare for those that had difficulty managing their money — and could possibly lead to evictions.
And so it has come to pass.
Here’s a charming bloke on landlord forum Property118.com threatening to evict a “very vulnerable” tenant because the DWP wouldn’t cough up the rent in time — even though he was listed as their ‘appointed representative’:
“My tenant was very vulnerable … however it took nine weeks from going from Housing Benefit office to UC to actually finally get paid … and then, only because in the last week I told them I would evict
“Landlords will evict UC tenants, most adverts already say no LHA/DSS … soon it will be no UC.
So Universal Credit not only threatens to leave tenants stuck between callous landlords and an incompetent DWP — but could mean that the most vulnerable are forced to list those very landlords as their official representatives.
This is not something you have to worry about, though, if you live rent free in your father-in-law’s £2 million country home.