When can I get housing benefit paid direct

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  • When can I get housing benefit paid direct

    I have a tenant who is due 1st of every month in advance.He has not paid 1st March and when I phonedf hosuing benefit they confirmed they are paying.

    i believe they pay direct if you are owed 8 weeks, so assuming he does not pay 1 April can I ask for them to pay me or is it only at the end of April. I know HB pay in arrears but do they require 8 weeks unpaid rent in arrears or in advance?

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    For my council as soon as the tenant is 1 month and 1 day in arrears i can request the rent is paid to me direct. (should be the same for them all)

    But if you have to go down that route to get the rent i would seriously consider giving the tenant their notice.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by johnboy View Post
      For my council as soon as the tenant is 1 month and 1 day in arrears i can request the rent is paid to me direct. (should be the same for them all)

      But if you have to go down that route to get the rent i would seriously consider giving the tenant their notice.
      Yes obviously in normal circumstances I would have served section 21 already and would serve section 8 now however this is an HMO where the council have said this room is too small to let. Hence once I evict I can't relet. I have planning permission to extend, but have other projects going on so want to push off till winter or early next year. Hence I can live with this tenant assuming the council will pay me.

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      • #4
        I had heard that from April you cannot request that the rent be paid to the Landlord direct initially anyway, whereas before it was an option. I don't know if that applies if they are in arrears in the new system.

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        • #5
          Yes, under the new rules L can apply to have HB paid direct to him/her if T falls two months behind in paying rent.

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          • #6
            But the new rules only apply to new claims.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by caroline7758 View Post
              But the new rules only apply to new claims.
              Sorry, didn't realise I was being ambiguous.

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