If you have made a new claim we will make a one off payment when your claim is assessed to bring you into line with the payment cycle, so you don't have to wait until the next regular 4 weekly payment date.
Paying local housing allowance to landlords
There is no automatic right for local housing allowance to be paid directly to landlords. However there are safeguards which mean that in some circumstances landlords can receive payments. These include situations where:
the tenant is unable to manage their own affairs.
the tenant is unlikely to pay their rent.
there are rent arrears of over 8 weeks.
the landlord agrees to reduce the rent and this enable a tenant to obtain a new tenancy or continue with an existing tenancy
If we are paying housing benefit directly to you it will normally be paid into your bank or building society account by a direct credit transfer called BACS. If you do not already have a bank or building society account, please see our basic bank accounts page, for details about accounts available from banks and building societies in the local area