Housing Benefit is paid to the tenant unless circumstances allow Housing Benefit be paid to the landlord.Payment is made by BACS directly into your bank account .Contribution based Jobseeker’s Allowance can be paid for up to 182 days.
You will receive a bill showing any amount you have to pay after benefit has been awarded.
see external link to calculate the date you will reach Pension age If are under Pension Age, we may be able to back date your Housing Benefit up to 1 month from the date you request backdated payments, if you have shown good cause for not applying earlier.
Claims for backdated benefit can only be made where there is good reason for not applying at an earlier date and where that reason lasts for the whole period claimed.
It is best to ask for backdating when you fill in your claim form for Housing Benefit. You should include a statement as to why you did not claim before.
You will need to prove "good cause" for not applying earlier.