We provide two schemes that help people who are on a low income pay their rent and Council Tax. These two schemes are Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support.
For tenants renting from private landlords a number of factors are used to work out who is entitled to these schemes. They include the Local Housing Allowance rates, the tenant's income, capital and other household circumstances.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is used to work out Housing Benefit for tenants who rent privately.
LHA is usually paid directly to the claimant. Payments will only be made to the landlord if:
Before you fill in the Direct Payment form you may want you read our LHA Direct Payment Policy
Go to the Direct Payment Form - to request payment is made directly to you.
To check Local Housing Allowance rates you will need: