Universal Credit will affect new claims for some tenants in Hambleton from 16 February 2015. Further information on how Universal Credit works, including the qualifying criteria, can be found here.
Hambleton District Council do not process claims for Universal Credit but will continue to process claims for those outside the scope of Universal Credit who will be eligible for Housing Benefit.
The Department for Work and Pensions have provided information for landlords, including alternative payment arrangements if your tenant is in arrears, on the Gov.uk website
If you need to contact the Universal Credit team, their phone number is 0845 600 0723
Help with rental costs for tenants not in receipt of Universal Credit
Tenants may be able to receive Housing Benefit to help with their rental charge which will be administered by the Council. Payment of Housing Benefit is usually made four weeks in arrears and paid direct to the tenant. The tenant is then fully responsible for making arrangements to pay their rent to the landlord.
There are, however, circumstances in which we may be able to pay the landlord direct. Please refer here for further details.
If your tenant has rent arrears or they are unable or unlikely to pay their rent, you should contact us for advice. Where there are rent arrears, we will need to see evidence of these.
We can only provide information about a claim to those landlords who are receiving direct payments of Housing Benefit or where a tenant has given us written permission to do so. In these cases, the information we can disclose is limited. We cannot disclose information about the tenant's personal household or financial circumstances.
Where we pay a landlord direct, we will write to them and let them know the dates that benefit starts and ends and the weekly rate of entitlement.
Landlords who receive direct payment of benefit have a legal responsibility to tell the council about changes in circumstance that could affect their tenant's entitlement, particularly vacations. It is important that changes are reported straight away to avoid any overpayment of benefit. If a tenant leaves a property, any overpaid benefit may be recoverable from the landlord.