a landlord must supply information or evidence in connection with the award, or
any question arising out of it, as the Secretary of State may require. This must
be done within one month of being required to do so or such longer period as is
Note: If the landlord fails to provide the relevant information or evidence within
the appropriate timescale, please see ADM A4310.
Just checking this doesn’t place an obligation on PRS tenants to allow the DWP to communicate with their landlords - knowing full well that many landlords can evict tenants the moment they know benefits are involved?
It doesn’t mean all landlords in every case, it means only in such cases as DWP chooses to request evidence from the landlord. This is clearer in the reg than in the guidance:
(9) A landlord, in a case where a claimant’s award of universal credit includes an amount in respect of housing costs or where the award may be revised or superseded to include such an amount, must supply such information or evidence in connection with the award, or any question arising out of it, as the Secretary of State may require, and must do so within one month of being required to do so or such longer period as the Secretary of State considers reasonable.
It’s not so much putting new obligations on tenants to allow communication with the landlord, it’s more about imposing time limits and consequences for the landlord’s lack of co-operation
It’s not a question of tenants’ permissions, DWP can, if they choose, require the landlord to provide them with information. The link in ADM A4310 takes you to the wrong amendment regs, by the way, the correct link is http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/611/contents/made