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Housing benefit – when to report changes to your rent

Your circumstances will determine whether you need to tell us about changes to your rent.

Tenants of Lewisham Homes and Phoenix Community Housing

There is no need to tell us about any increase in your annual rent. The Housing Benefit Department is automatically notified of the new amount of rent payable.

The new rent amount will be updated as long as:

  • you have a live Housing Benefit claim.

Housing Association tenants

There is no need to tell us about any increase in your annual rent. The Housing Benefit Department is automatically notified of the new amount of rent payable.

The new rent amount will be updated as long as:

  • you have a live Housing Benefit claim

  • and your rent is paid directly to your landlord.

 Private tenants

You must tell the Housing Benefits Department about any change to your rent.

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