Housing Benefit information for landlords

We work out Housing Benefit using the Local Housing Allowance. This may not be the same as the rent you are charging your tenants.

If a tenant's Housing Benefit is less than the amount of the rent, the tenant has to pay the difference.

Find out more about Housing Benefit.

Housing Benefit payment dates

We pay Housing Benefit:

  • every two weeks in arrears if we are paying direct to your tenant
  • every four weeks in arrears by bank transfer to landlords.

The payment dates for financial year 2021/22 are listed below:

  • 26 April 2021
  • 24 May 2021
  • 21 June 2021
  • 19 July 2021
  • 16 August 2021
  • 13 September 2021
  • 11 October 2021
  • 8 November 2021
  • 6 December 2021
  • 4 January 2022
  • 31 January 2022
  • 28 February 2022
  • 28 March 2022

Changes to your tenant's circumstances

Tenants claiming Housing Benefit must tell us about changes that may affect their entitlement.

If we pay too much benefit because of changes to circumstances we don't know about, we will expect the overpayment to be paid back to us.

Where we are paying a tenant's Housing Benefit direct to a landlord, we expect the landlord to tell us about changes to tenants' circumstances that may affect Housing Benefit entitlement. This applies where it is something that the landlord could be expected to know about, for example if the tenant moves out.

In these circumstances, we will look to the landlord to repay any overpaid benefit.

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