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Local Housing Allowance

Tenants who are claiming benefits or who have a low income may be entitled to assistance with their rent through Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

The tenant must complete a Local Housing Allowance form and return it to the Council Offices. The Housing Benefit Section will then process the claim and any benefit due will either be paid to your tenant every two weeks in arrears, or direct to you every four weeks in arrears. Who the benefit is paid to depends on what the tenant has requested.

Direct Payment of Housing Benefit to the Landlord

You can insist the rent is paid directly to you if the tenant is 8 weeks or more in arrears. For more information, please visit our Landlords - Direct payments web page, available through the related links section of this web page.

Pre-Tenancy Determination

If a prospective tenant wishes to claim LHA, they may ask you to sign a Pre-Tenancy Determination Form (PTD) before they have signed the lease. This form must be completed with details of the property they are thinking of renting and must be signed by the prospective landlord. Signing the PTD does not commit you to giving the tenancy to the applicant. If the Rent Officer wishes to inspect the property, he/she will contact you directly to arrange this.

For further information regarding Local Housing Allowance and other benefits please see the "I need help with my housing costs" section of this website, available in the related links section of this page.

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