Paying housing benefit into a bank account
If you qualify for housing benefit we can pay the money directly into your bank account, complete and return the form.
Payment of Housing Benefit to landlords
In some circumstances we understand that the applicant may need payments to be made straight to their landlord. These circumstances could be that the applicant has:
- learning difficulties
- medical conditions
- mental health problems
- inability to open a bank account
- debt problems
- a history of rent or utility service arrears
- undischarged bankruptcy
- previous evictions
Landlords can be paid direct if they meet the safeguard criteria in the safeguard policy.
You can apply for Housing Benefit to be paid straight to the landlord:
Changes to housing benefits and payments to landlords
Applicants can offer landlords the option of receiving their housing benefit payments direct from the Council in return for reducing rent price to an agreed affordable level.
For more information, help with applying or negotiating with your landlord please
- email the Benefits team or
- call 01993 861030