HAP is a new form of housing support provided by local authorities. The introduction of HAP will mean that local authorities can now provide housing assistance for households who qualify for social housing support, including many long-term rent supplement recipients. Under HAP, local authorities will make the full rent payment on behalf of the HAP recipient directly to the landlord. The HAP recipient will then pay a rent contribution to the local authority. The rent contribution is a differential rent – that is, a rent based on income and the ability to pay.
Housing Assistance Payment Limits have increased
Who is eligible for HAP?
Any household that qualifies for social housing support is eligible to apply for HAP. Current rent supplement recipients who qualify for social housing support will be transferred from rent supplement to HAP on a phased basis.
Who is eligible for HAP and how does it work?
In order to qualify for HAP, a household must be qualified for social housing support by their local authority, which means the household must qualify to go on the local authority housing waiting list.
HAP allows recipients to take up full-time employment, while still receiving housing support. The rent contribution payable by the HAP recipient is based on the differential rent scheme for their local authority. This scheme links the rent contribution a household must pay to the household's income and the ability to pay.
Information for Landlords
The landlord will receive prompt payments directly from the local authority on a monthly basis, subject to the HAP recipient paying the local authority their rent contribution.