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UC advances available with 24 months to pay back

Around six million people across the UK are currently receiving Universal Credit, a financial benefit payment provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intended to help those out of work or on a low income with daily living costs.
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Cold Weather Payments

What are Cold Weather Payments?
Tenants facing financial hardship due to Covid-19 may be eligible for Cold Weather Payments. The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1st November 2020 to 31st March 2021.
Tenants will get a payment of £25 if the averag…

FEBRUARY FREEBIE 15-minute consultation with Caridon Landlord Solutions

Caridon Landlord Solutions is a dedicated service provider specialising in Universal Credit and Housing Benefit advice for private landlords, letting agents and housing associations.
We understand that since the expansion of Universal Credit, some land…

Lack of access to APAs forcing UC landlords to serve notice

Caridon Landlord Solutions, which provides specialist advice on Universal Credit and Housing Benefit to private landlords, letting agencies and housing associations, says that landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit are struggling to set …

Lockdown finance support and options

It has been another tough start to the year for everyone, including landlords, many of whom have tenants that are unable to pay their rent in full (or at all) due to COVID-19. With many already struggling to cope under the tighter restrictions in the U…

New How to Rent Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Thursday 10 December 2020 MHCLG has published an updated version of the How to Rent Guide (England). This guide sets outs the rights and responsibilities of both Landlords and Tenants within the private rented sector.
Landlords
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More tenants than ever in receipt of Universal Credit

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Universal Credit has become a lifeline for many households. In the first two weeks of lockdown alone there were over 500,000 claims per week, more than nine times the usual weekly level of applications.
As of July
The po…

Report calls for reform of UC including direct payments to landlords

Earlier this year, Caridon Landlord Solutions joined other industry experts in responding to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit. Following this, a series of recommendations for an overhaul of …

Preventing wider access of direct payments will be detrimental to UC tenants

This week, Secretary of State Thérèse Coffey took questions from the Economic Affairs Committee on the economics of Universal Credit.  As part of this she told MPs that she does not want to see a return to the widespread use of direct rent payments to …

Much faster new DWP system for direct Universal Credit payments to Landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now launched a new online system to allow rent payments, from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit, to be paid directly to Private Rented Sector (PRS) landlords.  The new system for arranging these Alter…

Washing Machine Recall

Whirlpool have again recalled some makes and models of Hotpoint/ Indesit/whirlpool washing machines and have added further models to the list of recalls.
We would suggest that all landlords advise their tenants to do a quick check of their installed ap…

Wading through ‘info-overload’ amidst the pandemic

We understand that amidst these uncertain times, there is an enormous amount of new information being released every day. One of the things we are hearing is that, because every individual’s circumstances are different, landlords are finding it difficu…

Landlords need to understand Universal Credit as tenants sign on

As The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grapples with nearly one million new claimants applying for Universal Credit following the outbreak of COVID-19, Caridon Landlord Solutions, part of Caridon Group, says landlords should educate themselves o…

Advance Payments – Kicking the can down the street

This week, the final episode of the BBC2’s “Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State” aired. Amid mounting criticism, DWP opened the door to BBC cameras. Among the various topics on the final episode, the problems associated with advance …

BBC Two’s three part-series into Universal Credit

On Tuesday 4th February we saw the first of BBC Two’s three-part series about ‘Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State’.
Universal Credit is the biggest overhaul of the welfare state in a generation. It was designed to simplify the benefits systems …

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