Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

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Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again – as fears rise more will follow suit

A Croydon-based landlady has vowed never again to let her property “to anyone on universal credit” after the tenant installed by the council was switched to the new benefit and disappeared owing her around £9,500 in rent.

Amira Khan* says she feels let down, angry and “in debt to everyone” as a result of Croydon council being one of the first to adopt the government’s flagship universal credit scheme, whose rollout is proving controversial.

Related: New universal credit claimants 'will get no money before Christmas'

The council who got me the tenant can’t or won’t help, and dealing with the new people is terrible

Related: Landlord defends sending eviction letters ahead of universal credit rollout

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