The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010 amend the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 from 1 April 2011. It mostly contains the changes needed for the recent budget changes (capping of rates, 30 percentile of rents etc.) but it also re-introduces direct payments to landlords in certain cases.

Regulation 2 of the amendment regulations amends regulation 96 HB regs 2006 which regulates when a local authority may pay a landlord direct.

The new addition states that a local authority may pay a landlord where:

the relevant authority considers that it will assist the claimant in securing or retaining a tenancy

So, what does a landlord need to do to ensure payment is made under this new power?

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