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I claimed UC in August. Should we get rent paid for September?

Neha231
Neha231 Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited September 27 in Universal Credit (UC)
So I claimed uc on the 25th August this year and we borrowed and paid rent as we were unable to pay rent now thinking uc will give us the rent for 1 Sept when they pay us however they are going to pay us in October and that would be the rent for October but since we claimed since 28th August shouldn't we get the rent for Sept as well? I am si confused as its the first time I have claimed with them. Please help
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,039 Disability Gamechanger
    UC is paid in arrears. You claimed UC on 25th August. Your UC payment on 1st October will include help with rent for the period 25th August to 24th September. Your next payment on 1st November will include hep with rent for 25th Sept to 24th October etc.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Neha231
    Neha231 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    @calcotti but the rent they pay us this month would have to be paid to landlord for October's rent and so forth every month so how would we get the money back for last month's rent I am so confused sorry 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    Your rent for October will be paid to you on 1st November, as calcotti has advised, UC is paid in arrears.
  • Neha231
    Neha231 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    @poppy123456 but then the cycle will just keep going on like this right so they pay me on 2 Oct for my last month's rent But I have to pay my landlord on 2nd October for this month's rent I won't be getting the money to pay back from the person I borrowed if you guys are understanding what I am saying? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes I understand that but this is how UC works and there’s nothing that can be done about it. 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,039 Disability Gamechanger
    Neha231 said:.. if you guys are understanding what I am saying? 
    Completely understand. You pay rent in advance but UC pays you the help in arrears which creates an initial cash flow problem. However that’s the way it works.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    This is one of the reasons why landlords refuse the DSS tenants.
  • rubin16
    rubin16 Member Posts: 159 Pioneering
    Hi,

    If it helps you can sometimes get a advance for new claims from Universal Credit which should help you towards your rent, you can get 100% of what your entitled too and pay this back over a 12/24 Months this option helps alot of new claiments which have the same problem of getting money in arrears.


  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,039 Disability Gamechanger
    rubin16 said: If it helps you can sometimes get a advance for new claims from Universal Credit which should help you towards your rent, you can get 100% of what your entitled too and pay this back over a 12/24 Months this option helps alot of new claiments which have the same problem of getting money in arrears.
    This has to be done within the first AP and OP is now past that point.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,597 Disability Gamechanger
    In wales we can apply for what is called a four week run on so thst rent is paid on both properties or you can apply for discretionary housing or you can ask for a loan off universal credit 

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