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Old 02-09-2016, 19:28   #31
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Re: Universal Credit

Hi I have just found out from my Landlord that when he applied for my Rent from UC to be paid directly to him they have not paid any rent for the last couple of months and now he has threatened to Evict me yet by his own mistake he gave them the incorrect NI number for me if he had just let me deal with it all I would have kept on top of what was going on with rent payments. After spending one day and a half getting through to Glasgow City Housing they have told me that I should phone DWP as my rent should have been paid by UC YET when I spoke to my UC Advisor two days before he stated that he UC has nothing to do with my rent payments Im so Confused as to who pays what and to Who?

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I think that UC should be Scrapped and it should go back to the Benefit system before that was not without flaws though at least the Housing Benefit was more straight forward and you didnt end up Homeless as it seems UC Advisors do not know enough about their job or how to Advice I am not only jobless and doing my best to find work im now under pressure to sort out why ive not been paid rent yet ive been paid UC and now I have a Court Date for Rent Arrears? I thought it would be straight forward I was made redundant and could claim this Hardship UC till I found a new job now im in Big Trouble with Landlord and I could loose my House that I have stayed in for over 20 years I have been paying Tax for years yet when I need help I get hassle I have to fill out on DWP Gateway daily what I do to find work I feel like putting a message on there to state that if your Benefit system UC was more short term user friendly then I could spent more time and energy seeking work rather than on the phone to sort out a mess that could make me Homeless.
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You should speak to citizens advice and your mp linnie, this universal credit malarkey seems like a monumental pain in the backside
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Councils are not responsible for the housing costs element of UC. What does your UC online account say?
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Hi and Thanks for your Advice I will go to CAB on Tuesday Morn I did everything I was to do when I went to Job Centre to reg for UC and gave my Tenancy Agreement then told to go to The Glasgow Housing to Claim Housing Benefit I then went there and thought that was it simple went online and reg for claim with them then I took my UC letter to them which was delayed due to a back log My Bully Landlord stated when I let him know that I was claiming UC he would deal with any rent payment going direct to him as if I would not pay it to him? well he seems to have messed up and now im sitting here with a hand delivered Court Letter? I finally got through to The Glasgow City Housing and was told that the rent should have been paid to me with my UC which it hasnt been I felt like crying with frustration as I came off the phone no wiser? its A MINE FIELD everyone should make sure they get all facts at the start of claiming as its a Blame Game Do not just sit infront of a UC Advisor and let them fool you into a False Security they either have not got a Clue themselves or are Avoiding the facts that UC is No use to a Claimant.

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I am going to now have to get into Debt from some source to try to pay my Rent Arrears before my Court Date so that I am not Homeless and on the streets and also this Court letter will maybe effect me getting a job as I have just been for interviews and a Credit Check is what future Employers and Agencies do and this will depend on me passing a Credit Check and getting a new job? I do hope that I am the only person that is having this really Bad UC experience as I feel Defeated before ive even had a chance to get a new job.
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Re: Universal Credit

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https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_a..._to_a_landlord
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Old 02-09-2016, 21:36   #36
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I went to a Employment Agency this morning and found myself Signing an Agreement that I would work not 37.5hrs or even 40hrs I would work 48rs per week and any overtime I just thought I will agree to any hrs as long as I get a job and this is a new thing with Agencies and then went home to find a letter from my Landlord to evict me for UC not paying any rent this world is effed up the people who try to over come and push themselves to achieve the impossible and try even under bad circumstances seem to get nowhere yet others can come to this Country and get more done for them?
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Re: Universal Credit

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---------- Post added at 21:06 ---------- Previous post was at 20:49 ----------

Hi and Thanks for your Advice I will go to CAB on Tuesday Morn I did everything I was to do when I went to Job Centre to reg for UC and gave my Tenancy Agreement then told to go to The Glasgow Housing to Claim Housing Benefit I then went there and thought that was it simple went online and reg for claim with them then I took my UC letter to them which was delayed due to a back log My Bully Landlord stated when I let him know that I was claiming UC he would deal with any rent payment going direct to him as if I would not pay it to him? well he seems to have messed up and now im sitting here with a hand delivered Court Letter? I finally got through to The Glasgow City Housing and was told that the rent should have been paid to me with my UC which it hasnt been I felt like crying with frustration as I came off the phone no wiser? its A MINE FIELD everyone should make sure they get all facts at the start of claiming as its a Blame Game Do not just sit infront of a UC Advisor and let them fool you into a False Security they either have not got a Clue themselves or are Avoiding the facts that UC is No use to a Claimant.

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I am going to now have to get into Debt from some source to try to pay my Rent Arrears before my Court Date so that I am not Homeless and on the streets and also this Court letter will maybe effect me getting a job as I have just been for interviews and a Credit Check is what future Employers and Agencies do and this will depend on me passing a Credit Check and getting a new job? I do hope that I am the only person that is having this really Bad UC experience as I feel Defeated before ive even had a chance to get a new job.
Hand delivered Court letter? A section 21 and/or section 33 letter maybe.

The landlord wouldn't be able to have direct payment until you were 2 months behind.
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If you’re 2 months or more behind on your rent, your landlord can ask for some of your regular payment to cover your rent arrears. Your landlord will have been told that you’re getting Universal Credit when you apply.
Not sure it's anything specific to UC.

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That's the England section. Need to click on the Scotland link at top right of page.
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Hi! New to this forum and in desperate situation. Just wrote story of my life and lost it. So - this is in short! Lost my job 3 months ago. I rent double room in flatshare. My landlord was adamant if I claim benefits I should move out. I am entitled to benefits - so while frantically applying for jobs, was looking high and low to rent DSS (sgl/dbl room, London), came across fraud and lewd offers. Finally found someone keen to help. They offered to present their own rent agreement - and I would say that I am staying there as friend on agreement to contribute 1/3 of the rent. I need to fill the UC asap. It starts from the postcode. I was told the application processing takes 4-6 weeks . If I give new address - and this paperwork version is not sufficient, potentially I may not get housing benefit - and potentially will become homeless. I cannot claim under that address while living here to see what happens. Here I need to give 1 weeks notice - but the landlord is getting nervous and would love me to move out. I seriously don't want to get into situation where I am staying because the landlord by law cannot chuck me out on the street but I am running out of money. Any experience what documents are required in terms of proving rent? Many thanks
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Re: Universal Credit

The landlord can't kick you out for being on benefits AFAIK... talk to the council housing people or CAB.

As for paying rent as a visiting friend, don't, just don't. It could cause their landlord to jump up and down a lot and scream "over occupancy" and "subletting" both of which could void the contract.

Housing Benefit rules are mad, especially if you are male and under 35, so get advice ASAP.
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Old 08-11-2017, 23:02   #40
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I have lost hope in UC. I used to receive £130 a week in working and child tax credit. I was told the amount I got would transcend over to UC....well I can say it clearly hasnt, I now get on average £220 a month, plus I have to pay a third of my rent. My hours and wage did not change and no one can give me a reason for the huge drop in the amount.
I don't expect state hand outs, I wanted to work and pay my way. Tax credits made this possible.....I am a self employed cleaner and work bloody hard. I'm now struggling so badly to keep my head above water, after I've paid rent, electricity etc etc I have £32 to buy food. As yet I haven't been able to put money on my prepay gas card so my house is very cold. I can't buy clothes or shoes for my son and as far as Christmas goes it's not happening, some days I have no money for his school lunches and can't even get free dinners.
I was told by one employee at uc the amount is correct, I asked him to explain how and he replied if that's the amount it says that's what you are due....well that's helpful.
I know most people have taken a drop in the amount received but I know no one who has as bigger drop as me. I don't know who to go to for help
My rent office said more people are in rent arrears since uc came in then ever before.
The whole system isn't working and government just doesn't care
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I have lost hope in UC. I used to receive £130 a week in working and child tax credit. I was told the amount I got would transcend over to UC....well I can say it clearly hasnt, I now get on average £220 a month, plus I have to pay a third of my rent. My hours and wage did not change and no one can give me a reason for the huge drop in the amount.
I don't expect state hand outs, I wanted to work and pay my way. Tax credits made this possible.....I am a self employed cleaner and work bloody hard. I'm now struggling so badly to keep my head above water, after I've paid rent, electricity etc etc I have £32 to buy food. As yet I haven't been able to put money on my prepay gas card so my house is very cold. I can't buy clothes or shoes for my son and as far as Christmas goes it's not happening, some days I have no money for his school lunches and can't even get free dinners.
I was told by one employee at uc the amount is correct, I asked him to explain how and he replied if that's the amount it says that's what you are due....well that's helpful.
I know most people have taken a drop in the amount received but I know no one who has as bigger drop as me. I don't know who to go to for help
My rent office said more people are in rent arrears since uc came in then ever before.
The whole system isn't working and government just doesn't care
Sorry to hear all your troubles, have you tried citizens advice or these guys

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.u...iversal-credit

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ab...versal-credit/
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I have lost hope in UC. I used to receive £130 a week in working and child tax credit. I was told the amount I got would transcend over to UC....well I can say it clearly hasnt, I now get on average £220 a month, plus I have to pay a third of my rent. My hours and wage did not change and no one can give me a reason for the huge drop in the amount.
I don't expect state hand outs, I wanted to work and pay my way. Tax credits made this possible.....I am a self employed cleaner and work bloody hard. I'm now struggling so badly to keep my head above water, after I've paid rent, electricity etc etc I have £32 to buy food. As yet I haven't been able to put money on my prepay gas card so my house is very cold. I can't buy clothes or shoes for my son and as far as Christmas goes it's not happening, some days I have no money for his school lunches and can't even get free dinners.
I was told by one employee at uc the amount is correct, I asked him to explain how and he replied if that's the amount it says that's what you are due....well that's helpful.
I know most people have taken a drop in the amount received but I know no one who has as bigger drop as me. I don't know who to go to for help
My rent office said more people are in rent arrears since uc came in then ever before.
The whole system isn't working and government just doesn't care
I'm sorry I don't know enough about this benefit but if you live in Scotland go to your local Money Matters if not I would agree with TD and seek advice from your local CAB office or Turn to Us.

I hope things improve for you and your family soon

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Re: Universal Credit

here is a local story regarding u-c

Gap Property director defends eviction notices saying 'we had no other choice'
Guy Piggott, director of Gap Property Grimsby says that the intention of the notices was to warn tenants to prepare for benefit changes

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/ne...viction-781838



http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/ne...ite-lot-782419

this was discussed during pmq's on wednesday
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here is a local story regarding u-c

Gap Property director defends eviction notices saying 'we had no other choice'
Guy Piggott, director of Gap Property Grimsby says that the intention of the notices was to warn tenants to prepare for benefit changes

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/ne...viction-781838

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/ne...ite-lot-782419

this was discussed during pmq's on wednesday
Doesn't look like a proper Section 21 Notice to Quit letter, so it's a load of scaremongering nonsense. The 6 week delay is only for NEW claimants, who will stll have their wages etc which would be expected to cover around a month of those 6 weeks.
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The new service is set to be introduced in Grimsby from mid-December for first time claimants as it is brought in in stages throughout the country, with those who are currently receiving other benefits being gradually moved on to the service by 2019.
Those currently on benefits WON'T be affected for the moment.
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Re: Universal Credit

The PM's on the case

Prime Minister to investigate letter sent to Grimsby tenants threatening eviction over Universal Credit delays
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn raised the issue with the Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/ne...er-sent-780658
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