Housing benefit information for landlords
Private tenants and safeguarding
For private tenants who we make local housing allowance payments to, we would normally only make payments direct to the tenant.
However safeguards can be put in place to protect the vulnerable and in certain cases we can pay tenants’ housing benefit entitlement directly to landlords.
Please complete the safeguard application form to request this. Any request for payment to a landlord needs to be supported by evidence from a third party.
If your tenant is in arrears by 8 weeks or more
Benefit can still be paid to a landlord if a tenant falls into arrears of 8 weeks or more. Written proof of arrears will be required and so landlords should ensure they keep detailed records of the rent account.
Housing Association tenants or private tenancies with claims prior to 7 April 2008
For Housing Association tenants, or for private tenants whose date of claim is prior to 7 April 2008, landlords need to complete a direct payment of housing benefit to landlords form and return it to us in order to have rent paid directly,
Obligations of a landlord
If you accept direct payment from us you may be required to pay back the money if your tenant receives housing benefit to which they are not entitled.
A landlord also has a duty to inform us if a tenant for whom they are being paid benefit leaves their property.