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    • Anne1234
    • By Anne1234 5th Dec 17, 2:51 PM
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    Housing benefit "eligible rent" Question
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    • 5th Dec 17, 2:51 PM
    Housing benefit "eligible rent" Question 5th Dec 17 at 2:51 PM
    Hi everyone

    I just have a quick question as I'm confused... I might have to make a claim for universal credit in January which will include the housing element as I live in a room in a shared house.. however it's been a long time since I claimed anything and I read somewhere earlier that, if your accommodation includes the bills within the rent amount (which mine does) there will be a deduction from the housing benefit for the bills.

    So, in my area LHA is 255 per month. My rent including bills is 450 per month, I plan to make up the shortfall out of the rest of the UC and a small amount from a few hundred savings I have. Based on this calculation how much approximately might be deducted for bills??

    I'm really confused..
    Thanks
    A.
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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 5th Dec 17, 3:35 PM
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    They will ask for a breakdown from your housing provider of what is rent and what is bills.

    They will only pay the rent portion, up to £255 maximum.
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    • Anne1234
    • By Anne1234 5th Dec 17, 3:40 PM
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    Does this apply if I rent from a private landlord? If so, does this mean they will contact my landlord?? :-/
    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 5th Dec 17, 3:45 PM
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    Does this apply if I rent from a private landlord? If so, does this mean they will contact my landlord?? :-/
    Originally posted by Anne1234
    Yes it applies to private lets

    If you cannot provide them with a statement that shows what is bills and what is rent then they may contact your landlord for a breakdown. Does your tenancy not specify which amount is which?
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    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 5th Dec 17, 3:51 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 3:51 PM
    Yes it applies to private lets

    If you cannot provide them with a statement that shows what is bills and what is rent then they may contact your landlord for a breakdown. Does your tenancy not specify which amount is which?
    Originally posted by marliepanda
    I don't believe this is correct. They cannot contact your landlord without your permission.

    If you do not have a breakdown of what your rent covers (check your tenancy agreement) then I believe they have a formula for working out how much to deduct.
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 5th Dec 17, 4:10 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 4:10 PM
    In any case, the maximum amount they will pay is £255 per month so you are going to have to find the extra money.
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