4. Landlord Portal
What is the Landlord Portal?
The Universal Credit Landlord Portal allows social rented sector landlords to verify rent and submit managed payment requests online, rather than by email.
Through it, social rented sector landlords can:
- verify tenants’ housing costs
- request a Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL)
- request a deduction for rent arrears
- request a more frequent payment to tenants
- view Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) payments made to them
- amend tenancy reference numbers
- manage their Landlord Portal users’ access
- manage and upload their property list
Who can use the Landlord Portal?
The Landlord Portal is currently only available for tenants making a new Universal Credit claim, or existing claims when a tenant has a change of circumstances that requires a rent verification. It is not available for private rented sector landlords.
To use the Landlord Portal you must have all of the following:
- Housing stock that is let via a local authority housing register or allocation process which is based upon greatest need
- Housing stock that is let at a rent below market rate through a housing register
- General needs properties as part of your housing stock (this does not include properties used as temporary, supported or specified accommodation, hostels or shared ownership).
DWP cannot accept new requests to enrol onto the Landlord Portal and Trusted Partner Scheme at the moment. If you are already enrolled, you can continue to access the portal as usual.
Notifications: Changes and improvements to the Landlord Portal
DWP are continually improving the Landlord Portal. Notifications about changes to the service will be published here.
Closure of Claim Pending status– letter to Universal Credit Landlord Portal users, 15 September 2021
Changes to support arrangements – letter to all Universal Credit Landlord Portal users, 30 November 2020
Click on the links below to access detailed guidance about the Landlord Portal.
Alternative Payment Arrangements (APA) and Arrears Requests – how to request an APA or Third Party Deduction for recovery of arrears
Changing tenancy reference numbers – how to change a tenancy reference number or add a number if none is held on the Landlord Portal
Housing queries routeway – where to go for help
Initial user setup – guidance for signing into the Landlord Portal
Mergers – what to do if your organisation mergers with another
Payment alignment feature guidance – summary of the process for payment of APA’s, including how to view payment information
Registered Landlord Portal users – a list of all landlords registered on the Landlord Portal
Rent verification – guidance to support Landlords to verify tenant housing costs
Report tenant housing costs – how landlords can update housing costs
Self help guide – common questions and answers about using the Landlord Portal
Uploading property guide – how to upload a property list to the Landlord Portal
User access and control guidance – how to manage who has access to the Landlord Portal within your organisation
Annual rent changes
Annual Rent Changes Update for April 2021 – letter to all Universal Credit Landlord Portal users, 11 January 2021