Housing benefit element
John Brown made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to South Ayrshire Council as part of a batch sent to 220 authorities
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Dear South Ayrshire Council,
How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant
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Dear Mr Brown
Thank you for your information enquiry of the above reference number. Due
to the nature of your request, it has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
I can confirm as follows:
1. How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their
landlord? In last year?
Where the landlord is the Council, Housing Benefit is credited directly to
the rent account and as at 4/12/2019, 4679 Council tenants had Housing
Benefit paid to their rent account.
In the private rented sector, 1180 Housing Benefit claimants had their
Housing Benefit paid directly to their landlord as at 4/12/2019.
2. What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element
paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant
Where the landlord is the Council, the payment of Housing Benefit is
normally made to the rent account reducing the claimant’s rental
Private Sector tenancies
Where the landlord is a private sector landlord, Housing Benefit is
normally paid direct to the landlord where the claimant has accrued rent
arrears that are the equivalent of 8 weeks or more of the rental
The Council may also consider making the first payment of Housing Benefit
to the landlord direct, where the tenant has not paid their rent in the
weeks since making the claim.
The Council may also make the last payment of Housing Benefit to the
landlord direct, where the tenant has not paid their rent and has since
moved out, but only up to the amount of the rent still owed.
Where the claimant is a private sector tenant receiving Housing Benefit
(but not Local Housing Allowance), Housing Benefit can be paid direct to a
landlord where it has been requested by or consented to by the claimant.
Where the claimant is a private sector tenant receiving Local Housing
Allowance, Housing Benefit can be paid direct to a landlord where the
Council believes the tenant requires safeguard action i.e. where the
tenant is likely to have a difficulty managing their affairs or it is
likely that the tenant will not pay their rent.
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Susan Mitchell | Support Officer (Complaints & Information) |
[South Ayrshire Council request email] | | 01292 612223 | County Buildings |
Wellington Square | AYR | KA7 1DR | www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk |
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