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Direct payment to landlord

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is Housing Benefit for people living in private rented property.

Local Housing Allowance is normally paid to the customer who should then use this to pay their rent.

The Council can pay Housing Benefit direct to a landlord in certain circumstances:

  • Where a tenant owes rent of eight weeks or more.
  • Where a tenant has difficulty in managing their finances due to vulnerability.
  • Where a landlord has reduced the rent to a level affordable to a tenant.

You can only apply to the Council for direct payments if your tenant is in receipt of Housing Benefit. If your tenant is being paid Universal Credit, you should apply to the Department for Works and Pensions for direct payments.

Please note: If Housing Benefit is paid directly to you as a landlord, you must tell us straight away if you find out about any changes in your tenant's circumstances which may affect their benefit. Failure to do so could result in you having to pay back any overpaid benefit.

If you think you may be entitled to receive Housing benefit directly to you, please complete and return the application for direct payment to landlords form.

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