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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Housing benefit for landlords

Advice for landlords in Northern Ireland

This page is for landlords operating in Northern Ireland.  You can find advice for tenants elsewhere on our website. Private landlords in Northern Ireland can call Landlord Advice on 028 9024 5640 and choose option 1. 

Your tenants who need help to pay their rent will get either Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. Most tenants making a new claim for benefits will claim Universal Credit. Your tenants may get Universal Credit instead if they

  • are over pension age, or
  • are moving into your home from another rental property where they got Housing Benefit

Tenants can claim Housing Benefit if they are over pension age. Other tenants can claim Universal Credit if they're on a low income. Certain people cannot claim any help with their rent.

The local housing allowance (LHA) system calculates how much benefit private tenants get towards rent. Both Housing Benefit and Universal Credit use the LHA rules. 

The amount your tenant gets in benefits will not usually match the rent you charge. It's common for tenants to get a lot less than they have to pay the landlord. 

You may be asked to pay back Housing Benefit or Universal Credit if your tenant was not entitled to this money.