LHA Safeguards Procedure
The LHA Safeguards Procedure helps us decide whether we should pay Housing Benefit (HB) directly to a landlord where the LHA rules apply. It sets out guidelines that apply in cases where a claimant:
- is likely to have difficulty managing their financial affairs, or
- is unlikely to pay their rent, or
- needs to retain or secure their tenancy
If a claimant falls 8 weeks behind with their rent we are required to pay HB directly to the landlord even if none of the above apply.
Please read our LHA Safeguards Procedure (PDF, 190KB) for details of how we decide whether we can pay a landlord HB.