Your local authority can make a Housing Assistance Payment when they receive a valid application form from you and your landlord. If you move into a property before this, you will have to pay any rent due yourself.
You must find a private rental property that is within Housing Assistance Payment rent limits. Your local authority will let you know what the rent limits are.
If the monthly rent agreed with your landlord is more than the rent limit for the locality, you must pay the difference directly to your landlord.
Your local authority will inspect your accommodation within eight months of the first Housing Assistance Payment to make sure that your accommodation meets the rental housing standards.
If you find accommodation in another local authority area, you can contact the Housing Assistance Payment section of your current local authority for advice.
How to apply
If you are a new applicant for social housing support, you first need to fill out a Social Housing Support application form which is available from your local authority.
You then need to send your completed form to your local authority along with all of the documents needed to assess your case.
You will get a list of these documents on your local authority’s Social Housing Support application form.
If you are approved for social housing support, or if you are already on your local authority’s housing list, you can ask for the Housing Assistance Payment application form.
The landlord must agree to rent their property to the Housing Assistance Payment tenant.
Only fill in the application form after you have found accommodation.
If you are getting Rent Supplement and qualify for social housing support, you can apply for the Housing Assistance Payment for your current accommodation. Your landlord must agree to the Housing Assistance Payment scheme.
After agreeing a tenancy with your landlord, you need to return the completed application form to your local authority
as soon as possible.
How to pay
You must sign up at your Local Authority Housing Assistance Payment office.
Your weekly Housing Assistance Payment rent contribution can be deducted through: