So I've recently just moved to a new part of the U.K. ( been here about 5 months) so currently on benefits until my daughter goes to nursery in September, so I'm currently getting £250 a month, my housing benefit covers £399 of my rent then I have to find £170 which leaves me with around £80 for the rest of the month, my landlord text me today saying I still owe £250 for this months rent when I told her that the rent is 563 a month as stated on my contact but they are now denying that was the price of rent, they've told me they want the £250 today with out any fail, I've explained to them that I can't afford to pay that kind of money as I still need to buy food gas and electric for the house, they don't really seem to be understanding about the whole situation
Is there anything I can do to get out of the situation I'm in?
they cannot just put the rent up, if your lease agreement is 130pw then thats what you pay. Is it worked out per calender month? Do go to the citizens advice bureau for their support. also ask your landlord why the rent has gone up, issue you with a new lease and rental agreement if you want to stay, why do they think you owe them 250.
Have you rented your property via a letting agent, or is it direct with your landlord? If you've used an agent contact them immediately. I'm very confused with the weekly/monthly amounts you've stated, because if your paying £130 a week, then this works out much more than if you pay rent monthly at the amount you stated.
Are you sure you're getting all the benefits you're eligible for? 250 sounds low for a person with one child. is that universal credit or just income support? Do you get child tax credit as well? Might be worth double checking that
When I signed the contract it said £130 a week, £520 a month he wrote and signed it himself and now he's asking for £563 ( obviously he knows he messed up with the math) my argument is he can't just change it if the price has already been agreed, signed and confirmed? He confirmed this price to the housing benefit office
So your contract states two different prices, £130 per week and £520 a month. As these are different amounts I’m not sure what happens here. I think you need to get some proper advice, have you tried phoning CAB?