It is a fundamental principle of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme that payment of benefit is generally made to the tenant. Tenants are encouraged to have payments made directly into a bank account as a safer and quicker method of payment. Tenants cannot simply request that payment is made to a landlord to cover their rent. Under certain circumstances payment of benefit can be made direct to a landlord. This policy, on behalf of Dorset Local Authorities, will ensure that the safeguards in place are applied correctly, to prevent the risk of tenants falling into arrears with their rent and losing their home due to eviction and to allay any fears that landlords may have regarding potentially vulnerable tenants and those who are unlikely to pay.
National Landlords Association; local welfare advice agencies, Landlords and Agents for Borough of Poole residents; council service units
Page last updated: 03 September 2019