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Joint private tenancy - do I have to make it a sole tenancy?


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Hi I am separate from my wife & divorce decree nisi, also am resident overseas. She successfully removed me from the council tax a year or so ago and gets single person discount. Also previously queried tax credits re her sole claim, and this was also successful.

 

Now she has applied for Universal Credit and they are saying that they are paying only half the rent because 'there are 2 people on the tenancy agreement'.

 

Situation is a periodic tenancy (expired AST), which is cheap and in joint names, don't particularly want a joint tenancy as worried about them putting the rent up etc!

 

But maybe this is necessary!?

 

Any advice if it's possible to get the rent counted in full?

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So your partner sends a journal note to Universal Credit explaining the situation, that the other tenant is their ex partner who lives abroad and does not pay towards the rent.  

 

If your partner confirms they are the only person paying the rent and the tenancy is what is called an "untidy tenancy", then Universal Credit should increase the Housing they are paying to reflect the situation.

 

Your partner should also notify the landlord of the situation. Universal Credit may ask for proof of the " untidy tenancy" at some point in the future.

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