If you rent your property from the council your rent account will be credited with your Housing Benefit directly each week. Once your benefit has been assessed you will be sent a Rent Advice, which will tell you how much you have to pay.
If you rent your property from a private landlord, benefit is usually paid into your bank account, two weeks in arrears for Local Housing Allowance recipients.
You can download our list of local banks and building societies that will provide basic bank accounts (see how to access PDF files):
If you are unable to open a bank account we will consider payment by cheque.
Please remember that committing Benefit Fraud can lead to the claimant being fined or facing a prison sentence. If you believe that someone is committing benefit fraud you can report them online by completing our Benefit Fraud Incident Report Form.