Housing providers and landlords need to find out about Universal Credit (UC), get to know their tenants and support them.

The DWP have produced information and support guides for landlords to help maintain healthy tenancies under this new benefit system.

Universal Credit - the facts

  • There is a dedicated DWP helpline for housing providers and landlords -  0800 328 5644
  • Social housing providers may get access to the landlord portal and Trusted Partner programme
  • Universal Credit  has been improved - people can get advance payments that cover their personal needs and housing costs - even while they are waiting for their claim to be processed
  • If you or your tenant have real concerns about them paying you the rent from their UC the DWP may be able to pay you directly.  Fill in the UC47 form through the online service to request payment of rent from a tenant's

There is more financial support available.  As well as 100% advance payments there is now a 2 week HB run on  and other discretionary help.

Find information on your local services through Sunderland Information Point.

Further useful information can be found within our desk aid (pdf) and key messages (pdf) documents.