Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Under Universal Credit Full service, "Managed Payments to Landlord" (MPTL) of housing cost element are paid through the Third Party Deduction system, on a 28 day cycle, meaning once a year there will be no payment.
This question is to enable a landlord to calculate when a payment will be "missing":
Is the date that the MPTL is available to be put onto the schedule -
(a) the date that the claimant's award is assessed (the "assessment date") or
(b) the date that the claimant is due to be paid?
Claimant's UC assessment period runs from 11th to 10th of each month, meaning assessment date in September is 10th September.
The payment schedule is due to the landlord on 16th September.
So if the date is (a) (assessment date) it is possible that the MPTL will catch that schedule ie be paid to landlord on 16th September.
But if the date that the MPTL becomes available is (b) (payment date) it will be too late for that schedule.
Please note I have checked the "Universal Credit and Rented Housing - Guide to Landlords" for the answer and it isn't there. Also checked to see if the answer was part of my previous related request FOI 3908 04/10/17 but it wasn't in this as my question didn't include this.
Thank you very much for your help.
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