Direct Payment to the Landlord

Under the Local Housing Allowance Scheme payments are normally made to the tenant. In certain circumstances we can pay Local Housing Allowance direct to the Landlord. We will pay direct to a Landlord if we decide the tenant is:

  • vulnerable; or
  • if they are 8 weeks or more in arrears with their rent.

Vulnerable Tenants

A vulnerable tenant is someone who may have difficulty managing their money. This could include someone who does not want to pay their rent. The following are people who may have problems paying their rent:

  • someone with learning disabilities;
  • someone who suffers from a medical condition e.g. dementia, terminal illness etc.;
  • someone with a drugs, alcohol or gambling addiction;
  • someone with serious problems reading and writing;
  • someone who does not speak English;
  • someone who has suffered domestic violence;
  • someone who has recently been released from prison;
  • someone with severe debt problems;
  • someone who has been declared bankrupt;
  • someone who is unable to open a bank account;
  • someone with a history of homelessness;
  • someone with a history of non-payment of rent.
  • written evidence from a Doctor, Social Worker, Support Worker etc.;
  • written evidence from Support Groups, Social Services, Care Workers etc.;
  • written evidence from the Prison or Probation Service;
  • written evidence from Debt Advisors, Solicitors, Creditors etc.;
  • letter from Trustees, Court Orders etc.;
  • letter from Bank or Money Advisor;
  • rent records and letters proving attempts to collect money or evidence from a previous Landlord.
  • that the rent is affordable to help a tenant secure a tenancy.

How do I apply for payments going direct to a Landlord?

By completing a Direct Payment to Landlord application form. You need to provide evidence that the tenant is vulnerable.

Examples of evidence:

  • written evidence from a Doctor, Social Worker, Support Worker etc.
  • written evidence from Support Groups, Social Services, Care Workers etc.
  • written evidence from the Prison or Probation Service
  • written evidence from Debt Advisors, Solicitors, Creditors etc.
  • letter from Trustees, Court Orders etc.
  • letter from Bank or Money Advisor
  • rent records and letters proving attempts to collect money or evidence from a previous Landlord.

Keeping Rent Affordable

We can pay LHA direct to the landlord if we agree that the rent is affordable to help a tenant secure a tenancy. This should be at or near to the Local Housing Allowance rate.

This is to provide an incentive for Landlords to keep rent at an affordable level.

You can apply to have LHA paid direct to you by completing the Direct Payment of LHA for available to download at the bottom of this page.

8 Weeks in Arrears

It is the tenant's responsibility to pay rent to their landlord.

Local Housing Allowance can be made direct to the Landlord, if the tenant is 8 weeks or more in arrears with their rent payment. You can apply for this by completing the 8 weeks in arrears form available to download at the bottom of this page.

Please return the form and evidence to the Benefits and Council Tax Team or hand it into a Local Office.

The form is available to download at the bottom of this page. You can complete this form on behalf of the vulnerable tenant. 

 

Current payment dates are available at the bottom of the Housing Benefit page, Click Here


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