LHA is payable to the claimant. Claimants will no longer have the choice of direct payments to the landlord. Payments will be made according to the existing payment cycle if the claim is currently in payment of benefit, or four weekly in arrears if they are a new claimant.
The tenant will have to arrange to pay their landlord. The Council will not talk to the landlord about a claim unless the claimant has given written permission to do so.
Payments will normally be made by BACS (direct transfer to their bank account), which will mean that there are no postal delays to worry about, and the claimant does not have to wait for a cheque to clear. The money is available as soon as it arrives in the claimant's bank account.