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 2020/21 are listed below:

  • 27 April 2020
  • 26 May 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 20 July 2020
  • 17 August 2020
  • 14 September 2020
  • 12 October 2020
  • 9 November 2020
  • 7 December 2020
  • 4 January 2021
  • 1 February 2021
  • 1 March 2021
  • 29 March 2021

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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