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Universal Credit: Do you want benefit claimants’ rent to be paid directly to landlords?

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An e-petition has been created for those wanting to lobby government urging them to amend the new benefit system, Universal Credit…

An e-petition has been created for those wanting to lobby government urging them to amend the new benefit system, Universal Credit.

Fears have been raised over problems the new benefit system will cause for landlords and tenants within the private rental sector. The petition addresses these issues, stating that “landlords housing vulnerable tenants… are fearful of them gaining access to rent monies. Many such tenants themselves do not want this temptation.”

By removing the option of paying rent directly to landlords, issues of rent arrears and eviction will follow. The petition calls for the Government to, “amend UC plans immediately to give Tenants the continued right to have rents paid to their landlords, and Landlords the right to apply for direct payments of arrears over 4 weeks.”

If you believe that benefit claimants’ rent should be paid directly to landlords, then have your say in the matter by signing the petition.

Sign the petition

You can sign the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48000.

Further information

Visit the RLA’s dedicated Universal Credit campaign page.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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