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Requests to guarantee Housing Benefit before a tenancy starts

We can only give a verbal estimate based on the information your new tenant gives us and the Local Housing Allowance rate which applies to them. We are unable to give any written guarantees about Housing Benefit payments due to the following reasons:

  • we do not have the full details of your tenant's income
  • any Housing Benefit would be paid directly to your tenant, so we cannot guarantee that your tenant will pay this to you and
  • your tenant's circumstances could change after taking on the tenancy

Payment of Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit will normally be paid directly to your tenant. However if your tenant is unable to manage their finances or are eight weeks or more in rent arrears, we may be able to make the payment direct to you instead. Please contact us.

Payments are made every four weeks in arrears. We will make the first payment as soon as possible to bring you into the normal four weekly payment dates.
Payment dates for 2017/18 are:

12 April 2017
10 May 2017
7 June 2017
5 July 2017
2 August 2017
30 August 2017
27 September 2017
25 October 2017
22 November 2017
20 December 2017 
17 January 2018 
14 February 2018 
14 March 2018 

You can now securely view your tenant's up to date Housing Benefit payment details.

Overpayments

If you receive Housing Benefit payments for your tenant(s) directly from the Council, you are under a duty to tell the benefits team immediately about any changes to your tenants circumstances that you become aware of. Examples include your tenant moving out, changes in the rent being charged.

If you fail to advise us you may liable to repay any overpayment.

Lettings information

Rent officers for the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) are required to collect lettings information for their database as part of their work. The database is critical to their ability to make reliable, representative and robust decisions.