Housing Benefit Information for Landlords
Arun will soon be introducing an online landlord portal for you to manage your account. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘Landlord Portal’ and we will get back to you.
If you have a new tenant, they are likely to be on Universal Credit as we can’t accept new Housing Benefit claims in most cases. Information for landlords about Universal Credit is available from gov.uk.
Housing Benefit is not rent. It is a means-tested benefit and we award it to help pay the rent. We are not responsible for paying rent to you, the tenant is.
If your tenant is claiming benefit
If your tenant is claiming or applying for housing benefit, some information may be requested from you.
Your tenant may ask you to complete a Landlord Declaration Form.
Unless you are receiving the payments, the details of the claim are confidential. If benefit is being paid directly to you, we can only tell you:
- The weekly entitlement
- When benefit starts and finishes
- When the entitlement changes
- Payment dates
We cannot provide additional information without the written permission of the claimant.
Your responsibilities as a landlord
If you are receiving direct payments of Housing Benefit, you must tell us immediately of any changes in your tenant's circumstances that may affect their benefit. This includes:
- your tenant moving out of the property, even if they are still liable for rent
- changing the amount of rent charged
- finding out that your tenant has started work
- your tenant has a partner who moves into the property with them
We expect you to make regular checks to confirm that your tenant is still living at the property where you are receiving Housing Benefit payments.
If you knowingly withhold information from us, or deliberately fail to report a change in your tenant's circumstances, we may decide that you have committed benefit fraud.
How benefit is paid
Benefit is normally paid directly to the tenant, however, there are some exceptions to this.
If the tenant is considered vulnerable
It is the decision of the council whether a tenant is vulnerable, and we will require evidence to make this decision.
To see details of this policy please see the Payment to Landlords Policy.
If rent is more than 8 weeks in arrears
If your tenant’s rent is more than 8 weeks in arrears, we can pay housing benefit directly to you even if the tenant has not requested us to.
Please complete a Landlords' statement of arrears form and return it to us at the Littlehampton address below.
Arun District Council hold a forum with local landlords. They are held 3 times a year to enable landlords to raise issues of concern, exchange views and opinions and support each other. We take the opportunity to update landlords on legislation and provide information on developments within the council.
Local Housing Allowance
The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) arrangements apply to those renting from private landlords. They are affected by the area the property is in and the size of the household. The rates are set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), and you can see which area a property is in by using this LHA checker.