How will I be paid the Universal Credit (UC) housing costs element?
For tenants the housing costs element will be paid as part of your Universal Credit payment and will go straight into the bank account or other account nominated by each household.
The Department for Work and Pensions will have the ability to pay your housing costs element straight to your landlord in certain circumstances.
For homeowners the housing costs element will be paid straight to your lender.
If you need extra financial assistance to cover housing costs and you are a tenant you may be able to claim Discretionary Housing Payments from your local authority.
Homeowners needing extra financial assistance to cover housing costs should seek independent debt advice.