How is housing benefit paid?

There are three types of people that we pay housing benefit to:

Council tenants

Your housing benefit will be paid directly to your rent account. Even if you are receiving the maximum amount of housing benefit, you will usually have to pay a service charge yourself. Should you want to know how much you should be paying after your housing benefit has been paid, you should contact Brnet council housing customer services.

Housing association tenants

Your housing benefit will be paid directly to your housing association. We will write to them at the same time you are notified to let them know how much benefit you are going to receive. If you want to know how much you have to pay after your housing benefit has been paid, you should contact the housing association directly.

Housing benefit is paid every 4 weeks in arrears.

Private landlords

We usually pay the housing benefit directly to the tenant. However, in some cases we can pay the money directly to the landlord.

If we do pay the benefit directly to the landlord we will write to them at the same time you are notified, to let them know how much benefit you are going to receive. If you want to know how much you have to pay after your housing benefit has been paid, you should contact the landlord directly.
Housing benefit is paid either every two weeks in arrears, or every four weeks in arrears. How you are paid will be on your notification letter.