Local Housing Allowance - payment options
How Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is paid
In most cases Local Housing Allowance payments will be made directly to you and it will be your responsibility to pay your rent to your landlord.
If you are claiming benefit, we recommend that you have your benefit paid directly into your bank account as it is a quicker and secure method of payment.
If you do not already have a bank account you may need to open one.
Visit the Money Advice Service website for advice on opening a bank account.
If you are already having your benefit paid to your landlord, this will continue until you stop claiming or move home.
Payments to your landlord
In certain circumstances we can pay benefit directly to your landlord. This could be arranged if you are not able to manage your own financial affairs due to, for example, mental illness or severe learning difficulties.
In these circumstances we will require a written request and proof from the customer or their representative.
We can also consider past situations where we were required by law to pay direct to a landlord (for example, where a claimant had eight weeks or more of rent arrears).