Direct payment of Housing Benefit to landlord
Under the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme, Housing Benefit will be paid direct to the tenant, unless good reasons can be shown that the tenant will have serious problems paying their rent and managing their money.
In such circumstances, the payment can be made to the Landlord in order to help the tenant keep their tenancy. The landlord or the tenant will need to complete this form and proof will need to be provided to support the application, such as proof of non-payment of rent.
If the decision is made to pay the landlord directly, it is then the landlord's responsibility to tell us when things change, such as if the tenant moves out, and for paying back any recoverable overpaid benefit.