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What do you if my tenant has rent arrears?
Housing benefit regulations say if a tenant owes rent for eight weeks or more, we must pay the landlord directly, unless we consider it in their best interest not to.
There are safeguards in place to protect the interests of landlords. Payment may be made direct to the landlord where we decide the tenant is:
- likely to have difficulty in managing their financial affairs
- unlikely to pay their rent
- the authority considers paying the landlord will assist the claimant in securing or retaining their letting
We recommend that if a tenant is beginning to build up arrears, you should inform us before it reaches eight weeks. This will allow us to investigate if a there is a problem to be addressed.
What happens if my tenant’s circumstances change?
You and your tenant should inform us immediately in writing, about any changes that may affect a benefit.
Typical examples of changes in circumstances are:
- if they change address
- if their rent changes
- if the size of their family changes
- if an adult moves into or out of the house
- if the tenant’s income changes
What if I do not agree with any decisions you have made?
Landlords only have certain rights to appeal if they do not agree with our decision about their tenants' housing benefit. These include:
- whether we pay benefit directly to you
- whether we decide you should pay an overpayment