UPDATE: Infamous TikTok landlady quits social media after howls of protest over ‘prank’

Abbe Awosanya gathered over 60,000 followers on her social media accounts but this all came tumbling down when a tongue-in-cheek TikTok post post prompted an avalanche of abuse and criticism. A New York landlady who caused social media outrage when she posted a video of herself stealing tenants’ mail has deleted her TikTok account. Abbe […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - UPDATE: Infamous TikTok landlady quits social media after howls of protest over ‘prank’ | LandlordZONE.

UPDATE: Infamous TikTok landlady quits social media after howls of protest over ‘prank’

Abbe Awosanya gathered over 60,000 followers on her social media accounts but this all came tumbling down when a tongue-in-cheek TikTok post post prompted an avalanche of abuse and criticism.

A New York landlady who caused social media outrage when she posted a video of herself stealing tenants’ mail has deleted her TikTok account.

Abbe Awosanya created the storm when she videoed herself supposedly taking packages from a tenant who hadn’t paid rent.

At a time when thousands of tenants in the city are on rent strike, her stunt highlights the dangers of landlords using social media to share pranks.

Awosanya posted a viral video on TikTok captioned: “My tenant is late on rent and is avoiding me but has money to order. So I take all their packages until they pay up.”

Social media users quickly attacked the landlady, with many pointing out that obstructing mail is an offence, and that the packages could have been essentials, such as baby formula.

Only joking

Awosanya said she was only joking, but that landlords deserved sympathy as they are also struggling economically due to coronavirus.

She defended herself, saying: “Honestly, in the past, I had this issue with other tenants, and I wished I could do this to them because they were blatantly ignoring me. Nothing to do with current tenants.

“If my tenants told me they couldn’t pay, I would understand. My tenants have been late before.”

The landlady told reporters that she started her social media channels, which have around 60,000 followers, as an outlet for stress. Unfortunately, it would see themy added to her woes instead.

Read more about landlord social media ‘fails’.

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Government claims success for Universal Credit during crisis, but landlord payments expert disagrees

Benefits boss Neil Couling says his civil servants have handled huge increase in claims, but leading expert says it’s been less of a humdinger for tenants and landlords. More Universal Credit payments are being paid on time than ever before, with 100,000 claimants due to receive the benefit today, the busiest since the new benefit […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Government claims success for Universal Credit during crisis, but landlord payments expert disagrees | LandlordZONE.

Government claims success for Universal Credit during crisis, but landlord payments expert disagrees

Benefits boss Neil Couling says his civil servants have handled huge increase in claims, but leading expert says it’s been less of a humdinger for tenants and landlords.

More Universal Credit payments are being paid on time than ever before, with 100,000 claimants due to receive the benefit today, the busiest since the new benefit was introduced.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has had more than 1.8 million Universal Credit claims during the lockdown, compared to 55,000 in a typical week, which would add up to about 330,000 claims over the same period.

Universal Credit director general Neil Couling says 93% of payments are being made on time compared with about 87% in normal circumstances.

He also claims that most problems are caused when DWP staff have to chase essential information that hasn’t been supplied by claimants. Those applying must wait five weeks for their first payment while they’re assessed and the money is sent to their account.

Says Couling: “The first claims were received on 16th March, so we are now about two weeks into those payments due.

“The claimants have gone through the first monthly assessment periods and remarkably, despite all these pressures and the changes we’ve made to Universal Credit processes, we are able to pay more people in full than in normal times.”

Expert view

Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine at UC Advice & Advocacy says some tenants found they got nothing or very little in their first payment due to the timing, because the benefit is offset against income.

Despite the fact that future payments are likely to rise as people’s earnings have dropped, he adds many landlords are complaining that while some tenants had received the payment they’re telling landlords they can’t afford to pay rent because they don’t have the money.

“People didn’t realise the housing part was part of the award,” Irvine tells LandlordZONE. “Some landlords were counting on that money as income, however, there’s no provision to claim the Universal Credit themselves because the capital value of their property prevents them from making a claim.”

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