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Benefits information for landlords

If you are a landlord and your tenant receives benefits, find out how this may affect you.

  • Landlords' responsibilities

    As a landlord, you must tell us about any change of circumstances if your tenant claims Housing Benefit. You also have a responsibility to provide us with accurate proof of rent and pay back any overpayments we may have made to you.

  • Who pays Council Tax

    Each property receives one Council Tax bill. The main residents of the household are responsible for paying this.

  • Tenant arrears

    If a tenant owes rent for eight weeks or more, we will pay Housing Benefit directly to the landlord unless we consider it is in the tenant's best interest not to do so.

  • Housing Benefit payments

    If you are a private tenant we usually pay Housing Benefit directly into your bank account fortnightly, on a Friday. If you are a council tenant, your Housing Benefit will be credited to your rent account. If we pay your landlord directly, we pay every four weeks in arrears.

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