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 2019 to 2020
This table shows the dates we'll pay Housing Benefit to claimants and landlords.
|Month and year||Payment days to claimants||Payment day to landlords|
|April 2019||8th and 18th||18th|
|May 2019||3rd and 20th||20th|
|June 2019||3rd and 17th||17th|
|July 2019||1st, 15th and 29th||15th|
|August 2019||12th and 23rd||12th|
|September 2019||9th and 23rd||9th|
|October 2019||7th and 21st||7th|
|November 2019||4th and 18th||4th|
|December 2019||2nd, 16th and 30th||2nd and 30th|
|January 2020||13th and 27th||27th|
|February 2020||10th and 24th||24th|
|March 2020||9th and 23rd||23rd|