Universal Credit/LHA Course
Universal Credit - "Full Service" is coming your way very soon - Are you prepared?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), despite a rising volume of criticism is pressing ahead at some pace, with now more than 100 Jobcentre areas affected. By October 2018 at the latest, it will be operating in your area.
The digital or "Full Service" system, completely removes the "gateway" conditions which have so far, operated to restrict claims to mainly single unemployed claimants. Removing these barriers to entry, will increase, quite dramatically, the number and type of claimants, including families, people with disabilities etc., who can claim. The digital system also operates under different rules with claims being made, in most cases, online, whereas current claims are mainly processed by DWP staff, operating in Jobcentres. The roll-out is already proving exceptionally challenging for Private Landlords as your tenants can expect little or no support from DWP or local advice agencies who are already swamped with benefit issues. Because of this, many landlords are experiencing a doubling in rent arrears exposure, with, in some cases, involving £10-16K!
How will the new scheme differ from LHA? The answer is, in more ways than you could ever have anticipated, so it's vitally important you familiarise yourself with all its component parts and complexities. If you do, you're much less likely to experience the rental losses already experienced by many of our members!
Dealing with a remote and ambivalent DWP administration has been challenging to say the least. The new administration process places an emphasis on tenants making their claim online; providing supporting documentation in an electronic format; being forced to make a "claimant commitment" before payment commences and cope with the effect of sanctions when they're applied. There is NO facility to apply for help with the housing element on a "NIL income" basis as there is with LHA. All changes in circumstances must be notified online and failure to do so immediately can attract penalties, where overpayments occur. Something called the "whole month rule" can produce unexpected rental losses which will affect the tenant's ability to meet their contractual liability.
This Universal Credit course has been specifically tailored for PRS landlords & agents. It is designed to highlight key areas of the new scheme and how it compares with LHA. This will include:
- how the new benefit will be assessed, and paid;
- how changes will affect the award and payments;
- the likely effect this will have on your tenant's;
- your own collection arrangements, rental income and rent arrears control.
After completing this course you should be able to:
- properly advise your tenants on how and when to claim;
- assist your tenant in avoiding situations where they lose out financially due to unfamiliarity with the new scheme;
- ensure protocol is in place to avoid impact on ability to pay rent.
- any landlord and/or agent who accommodate tenants, reliant to some extent on claiming assistance from LHA/Universal Credit schemes to help them reduce or extinguish their rent liabilities.
- landlords and/or agents who have not previously accepted tenants in receipt of benefit payments
- new landlords and or agents considering accepting tenants in receipt of benefit payments
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Continuous Professional Development
Remember that Continuous Professional Development points (CPD) apply to RLA courses. You can also get CPD points for being a member of the Residential Landlords Association.
We are currently planning additional dates for this course. If you would like to be informed when these are arranged, please click here.
Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
This course is worth 3 basic CPD points with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
RLAAS is a national scheme who aim to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards and management practice by owners and to assist owners and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.
RLAAS is open to all landlords who operate in the private sector, and accreditation is FREE. Members of RLAAS also receive a discount when enroling for a course operated by the Residential Landlord's Association.
To find out more, and what RLAAS means to landlords and tenants across the country, visit the RLAAS website.