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Updated Universal Credit guidance for landlords and agents

Friday 03 January 2020

On 30 December 2019 new guidance was published for alternative payment arrangements and service charges for landlords, with the Universal Credit (UC) and Rented Housing: Guide for Landlords updated to include links to the UC Credit Landlords Portal.

The information is to help landlords understand what they can do to help their tenants prepare for:

  •          their move to the single UC benefit payment
  •          making payments of their housing costs (rent) direct to their landlord themselves

Alternative payment arrangements provide UC claimants who cannot manage their single monthly payment and pay their landlord themselves. Claimants will have an online UC account to manage their claim, use it to report changes, send messages to their work coach and find support.


Service charges - guidance for landlords

Universal Credit regulations for service charges fall into two distinct segments:

  •          a legal definition of what is meant by a service charge for the purposes of UC
  •          broad definitions of the four eligible service charge categories, with some additional specific exclusion criteria


Propertymark resources

ARLA Propertymark members can download a Universal Credit and Private Rented Housing fact sheet from the member's area.


UC supports people who are out of work or on a low income, view our Universal Credit – Am I Eligible guide to find out more.

ARLA Propertymark is a member of the DWP PRS Strategic Landlord Group and attends meetings with officials to ensure that UC works for the sector. If members have issues with the rollout of UC they should email the Policy Team.