This edition published in June 2017
Part of Shelter’s popular Help with Housing Costs series, this volume sets out the qualifying conditions for entitlement to universal credit and provides a detailed explanation of the rules that relate to the housing costs element for homeowners and tenants of private and social landlords.
It describes fully:
■ the rules about waiting days for universal credit
■ basic eligibility conditions for universal credit and council tax rebates
■ eligible rent for private tenants
■ the size criteria rules for social housing and private sector tenants
■ eligible rent and service charges for social housing tenants
■ eligible mortgage costs for unemployed homeowners
■ how and when payments are made – including when the housing costs element of universal credit can be paid direct to the landlord
■ how to appeal against a decision about universal credit or a council tax rebate
■ differences in the council tax rebate schemes in England, Scotland and Wales
■ how local councils in England and Wales can set their own council tax rebate scheme rules
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