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Guide An overview of Housing Benefit

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4. Housing Benefit payments

Payments are made every four weeks in arrears. The payment dates for 2016/17 are:

13 April 2016
11 May 2016
8 June 2016
6 July 2016
3 August 2016
31 August 2016
28 September 2016
26 October 2016
23 November 2016
21 December 2016
18 January 2017
15 February 2017
15 March 2017

  • If you live in a council property, any Housing Benefit will be paid to your rent account. Our rental team will contact you if you have something left to pay.
  • If you rent your home from a housing association, you can ask us to pay your Housing Benefit straight to your landlord.
  • If you rent your home from a private landlord, we would normally pay your Housing Benefit into your bank account. If you have rent arrears of eight weeks or more, we may pay your Housing Benefit straight to your landlord. We could also pay straight to your landlord if you have difficulty managing your money. 

Vulnerable tenants

If we consider you to be a vulnerable tenant we will pay your rent direct to your landlord. By vulnerable, we mean someone who may:

  • have severe debt problems
  • have a recent County Court judgement against them
  • be an undischarged bankrupt
  • be unable to open a basic bank or building society account
  • have some of your Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance paid direct to the gas, electricity or water company by DWP
  • be homeless or getting help from East Devon District Council's Housing Needs or a homeless charity
  • have learning difficulties or cannot read or speak English
  • have an illness that stops them managing on a day to day basis
  • be addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling

To apply

Complete the Pay your landlord direct form