How and when we pay your Housing Benefit
Find out when you'll get your Housing Benefit if you're a claimant or a landlord, and how we'll pay it to you.
If you're a claimant
We'll pay your Housing Benefit into your bank account every two weeks.
This needs to be an account with a high street bank. We can't pay into a Post Office account like some other benefits.
You must then make sure you pay your rent to your landlord.
In some circumstances we can arrange to pay your Housing Benefit straight to your landlord.
If you're a landlord
You'll get your payment schedule posted to you within two working days after a Housing Benefit payment date.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd rather get your payment schedule by email.
If we've arranged to pay a tenant's Housing Benefit straight to you, we'll pay it into your bank account every four weeks in arrears.
If a tenant is over eight weeks behind on their rent, contact us to let us know. You'll need to tell us what they owe and the dates the debt covers.
Remember that the tenant can ask to return to receiving their benefit, rather than it going straight to you.. We'll write to you in advance to let you know they want to do this.
Payment dates for 2020 to 2021
This table shows the dates we'll pay Housing Benefit to claimants and landlords.
|Month||Year||Payment days to claimants||Payment days to landlords|
|April||2021||1, 19 and 30||19|
|May||2021||17 and 28||17|
|June||2021||14 and 28||14|
|July||2021||12 and 26||12|
|August||2021||9 and 23||9|
|September||2021||6 and 20||6|
|October||2021||4 and 18||4|
|November||2021||1, 15 and 29||1 and 29|
|December||2021||13 and 24||24|
|January||2022||10 and 24||24|
|February||2022||7 and 21||21|
|March||2022||7 and 21||21|