Request for Direct Payment Two Months Arrears Universal Credit (UC47)

This form is for Universal Credit and not Housing Benefit.

UC47 Under Universal Credit guidance it is allowed for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to make direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit in certain situations. The guidance states that where a tenant is one month or more in arrears, they will consider paying directly after offering budgeting support to the tenant. However, if the tenant becomes two months or more in arrears, the DWP shall pay directly to the landlord. The download link is to the gov.UK website, which is now an online request.

When can a Managed Payment to a landlord be requested?

A Managed Payment to a landlord can be made when:

  • a claimant is in two months arrears. you can also request a third party deduction to recover the rent arrears at this point, or
  • a claimant has continually underpaid their rent over some time and has accrued arrears of an amount equal to or more than one month’s rent. Personal Budgeting Support will be considered in the first instance, using the standard PBS referral process. A Managed Payment of the housing costs element to the landlord will be considered for those claimants who have longer-term problems paying their rent. Personal Budgeting Support and Alternative Payment Arrangements


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