Welfare Reform Bill
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE
After Clause 37
Insert the following new Clause—
Payment of housing costs
(1) This section applies to payments of the housing cost element of the universal credit.
(2) Payment of the housing costs element of the universal credit must be made to a person’s landlord where—
(a) that person has requested or consented to such payment;
(b) where paragraph (a) does not apply and the person is in arrears pursuant to the terms of the tenancy agreement between that person and the landlord of an amount equivalent to four weeks or more of the amount they are liable to pay to their landlord as rent.
(3) Regulations made by the Secretary of State may prescribe the circumstances in which subsection (2) does not apply.
(4) Regulations made by the Secretary of State shall prescribe the person who is to be treated as the landlord for the purposes of this section and shall make provision as to the discharge of liability consequent upon the making of any payments to the landlord.”