10th March 2019
How to update your Universal Credit with your new rent charges following your annual increase
If you are currently in receipt of Universal Credit it is your responsibility to inform the DFC (Dept. for Communities) of your new rent charge for 2019/2020.
Universal Credit initially will be for new claimants to the benefits system and for people who have a significant change of circumstances.
It is important that you do this on 1st April 2019 to ensure that the new charge is paid from that date. Habinteg cannot tell Universal Credit about the rent increase on your behalf but if you need help accessing your journal or accessing the internet please contact your housing officer.
If you are currently in receipt of Housing Benefit you do not need to do anything. Your benefit will be automatically updated.
If you pay by standing order you need to speak to your bank about increasing your payment.
See our step-by-step guide below on how to update your online journal with your new rent charges.
If you have any questions you can get help by contacting your Housing Officer or Sandra McCoubrey on 02890427211 or 02871360015
You can also avail of free, independent advice from the Welfare Changes Helpline on 0808 802 0020.
For the most up-to-date information, go to Department for Communities