When can universal credit be paid directly to a landlord?
Direct payment, referred to by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as a “managed payment” of universal credit (UC) to a landlord can be made when any of the following apply:
- a claimant is in arrears with their rent for an amount equal to, or more than, two months of their rent
- a claimant has continually underpaid their rent over a period of time, and they have accrued arrears of an amount equal to or more than one month’s rent
- any of the other Tier 1 and Tier 2 APA factors apply
- a claimant was previously in receipt of Housing Benefit and it was paid to their private landlord, a Managed payment to landlord can be considered providing the claimant continues to meet the Tier 1 or Tier 2 APA factors.This is part of the conversation Universal Credit staff will have with the claimant at the start of the claim.