If you were unable to claim at the correct time due to exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to backdate your Housing Benefit.
Apply for backdated Housing Benefit We will consider whether you have good cause for not claiming earlier.
If the LHA is less than the rent that you pay you must make up the shortfall.
If your rent is less than the LHA that you could get, the most you will get will be your rent.
When you fill out your application form please let us know who we should pay.
If you rent from a private landlord, under local housing allowance we will almost always pay housing benefit direct to you into your bank or building-society account.
See below for information about how we will pay your housing benefit and council tax reduction and also how you can backdate your claim for benefit.
We’ll send you a benefit decision letter when your claim has been decided.Local Council Tax Support has replaced Council Tax benefit and working age claimants will not be eligible for backdating.To request your benefit be backdated you'll need to give good reason why your claim is late.If you're a private tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your bank account every two weeks in arrears.Sometimes we'll pay your benefit directly to your landlord.