Housing Benefit is paid by the Council to help people on low incomes with their rent. The information below details how this affects you as a landlord, or agent.
Evidence of private rent and tenancy
We will need proof of the rent that is charged between yourself and your tenant. This can be sent to us electronically and can be any of the following:
- Tenancy agreement
- Rent book
- Rent receipts
- A letter from a landlord.
If you do not have a written agreement, receipts or rent book, a landlord may complete a Report - Proof of rent (printable).
Housing Benefit is legally the tenant’s income, so the details of any benefit claim they make is confidential. Unfortunately, if Housing Benefit is not being paid to you, we cannot even tell you if a benefit claim has been made.
If Housing Benefit is payable to you, we will be able to tell you:
- The weekly entitlement
- When benefit starts and finishes
- When the entitlement changes
If you need any more information about your tenant's entitlement we can only give this if we have their written authority to do so. There is a section on the Council’s claim forms for your tenant to complete and sign which will allow us to share information with you about the Housing Benefit claim.
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- Benefits Service Enquiries
- Tel: 01803 207201
- Fax: 01803 292866