UC and HB refusing housing costs

My client was in receipt of Housing Benefit from Haringey Council.

In October 2021, he moved a new address and fell under Enfield London Boro. An application was made for Housing Benefit and the council wrote to him advising him that his claim was unsuccessful because he lives in an area covered by Universal Credit. 

An application was made for Universal Credit in December 2021 which was successful but didn’t include a housing element. It would appear that his tenancy agreement states that he lives in supported accommodation and therefore UC won’t pay his rent.

The LA has said that although he lives in supported accommodation, as he has a private landlord, he is not entitled to HB.

Any ideas where he goes from here. He is now at risk of being evicted for non payment of rent.

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