Claimants are mostly expected to arrange their own rent payments.
In England and Wales, those claiming Universal Credit have to pay rent directly to their landlord.
However, In Scotland, you can choose to have your housing costs paid directly to your landlord.
In Northern Ireland, your housing costs will automatically be paid to your landlord.
Setting up a direct debit or standing order may help claimants to manage rent payments.
You can ask the DWP to pay your rent directly to your landlord if you are in debt, have rent arrears, or are struggling with money.
If you can’t afford your rent until your first Universal Credit payment, you can apply for a Budgeting Advance.