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The answer to your question is yes. The DWP or any benefit provider can claim back any overpayments for a period of 12 years (they will usually take court action before 6 years). If they were paying the landlord direct then you will have to contact the DWP and state that it was not you who received the overpayments. My best advice would be to enlist the help of the Citizens Advice Bureau. Getting through to the DWP can be a nightmare and the Citizens Advice have special phone numbers not available to the public where they can speak to an senior person a lot quicker than the public so I would advise enlisting their help to get a resolution to this matter. If you dispute it and for some reason it transpires that you do owe the money then you can offer to make a repayment plan.
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