If you are a landlord you may have tenants who are entitled to help towards paying their rent.
If you are a landlord you may have tenants who are entitled to help towards paying their rent. If your tenant makes a claim for housing benefit they may need to ask you for more information about their tenancy.
Your tenant will need to provide us with information about their tenancy which includes:
- The date the tenancy began
- The date they moved in
- The amount of rent charged
- Details of the items included in the rent
- The number of rooms in the property
- A tenancy agreement or letter from you which confirms the details of the tenancy.
If your tenant cannot provide their tenancy agreement or we need more information from you regarding your tenant's tenancy, we will ask you to complete a landlord enquiry form. Please use the form at the bottom of this page.
Benefit can be paid directly to a landlord if :
- The claimant is unable to manage their own financial affairs or are considered vulnerable and may not pass on Housing benefit payments - they will need to make a specific request.
- The tenant is in arrears of an amount equivalent to 8 weeks or more
The amount of benefit the landlord will receive will be the amount that their tenant is entitled to receive. This may not be the full rent charged and so the tenant is responsible for paying the difference. Landlords who receive their tenants benefit directly will receive a letter to confirm how much money is payable but we cannot discuss any details of the tenant's claim with their landlord unless written confirmation is received from the tenant giving their authority to discuss.
By accepting Housing Benefit Payments directly you are a person affected by our decisions. This means that you can appeal against some decisions we make and you may also be responsible for paying back an overpayment if the claimant or you fail to advise us of a change of circumstances promptly.
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