Payment of Housing Benefit

Housing benefit payments December 2017

Revised payment dates

Some of our payment dates will be earlier because of the Christmas bank holidays. Please see the table below for details of when your housing benefit will be paid in to your bank account. Other payments will not be affected.

 Payment type Your usual payment date Revised payment date
 2 weekly  01/01/2018  29/12/2017

Paying housing benefit into a bank account

If you qualify for housing benefit we can pay the money directly into your bank account - please fill in the:

Payment of Housing Benefit to landlords

In some circumstances we understand that the applicant may need payments to be made straight to their landlord. These circumstances could be that the applicant has:

  • learning difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • mental health problems
  • inability to open a bank account
  • debt problems
  • a history of rent or utility service arrears
  • undischarged bankruptcy
  • previous evictions

Landlords can be paid direct if they meet the safeguard criteria in the:

Fill in the following form to apply for Housing Benefit to be paid straight to the landlord:

Changes to housing benefits and payments to landlords

Applicants can offer landlords the option of receiving their housing benefit payments direct from the Council in return for reducing rent price to an agreed affordable level.

For more information, help with applying or negotiating with your landlord please

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB