Local Housing Allowance

How Local Housing Allowance is paid

Under the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules, benefit is paid directly to the tenant, not to the landlord. It is up to the tenant to make sure that the rent is paid to the landlord. This means that if the rent is higher than the LHA rate, the tenant will have to make up the difference.

Paying Housing Benefit

You will receive your Housing Benefit every two weeks in arrears. It will be paid directly into your bank or building society account, if you have one. We cannot pay benefits into post office accounts.

Opening a bank or building society account

If you do not already have a bank or building society account, you may want to open one.

This means you can arrange to pay the rent to your landlord automatically.

More information, see Citizens Advice Bureau.

Payments direct to landlord

Housing Benefit is usually paid to you. You cannot choose to have your benefit paid direct to your landlord. However, we can pay benefit to your landlord if we decide that you are likely to have difficulty paying your rent.

We can also consider making payments direct to the landlord if it will assist you in securing or retaining a tenancy.

If we do decide to pay benefit to your landlord, we will write to them for further information.

If we pay your landlord, they will receive Housing Benefit every four weeks in arrears.

New claims

If you are making a new claim and would like us to consider paying benefit directly to your landlord you must complete the relevant section on the online form by providing us with as much information and evidence as possible in order for us to make the decision.

If your claim is already in payment you will need to write to us with supporting evidence and explain why you want us to consider paying your landlord.

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