FOI request (FOI-65905123)
Housing Benefit FOI
Requested Tue 16 January 2018
Responded Mon 05 March 2018
I am writing to request the names of the 25 individual or corporate landlords, excluding housing associations, who have received the largest amounts of housing benefit over the last three financial years (ie. between 1/4/14 and 31/3/17).
In each case, please include housing benefit payments made directly to the landlords and, if possible, payments made to tenants which you are able to link to landlords.
I would like to draw your attention to an ICO ruling on the use of the Section 40 exemption in this context. It ruled in favour of the disclosure of the names of individual landlords: https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2015/1043296/fs_50547446.pdf
Please find attached our documents showing the top 25 individual/corporate landlords who received the largest amounts of housing benefit over the last three financial years. This relates to housing benefit payments made directly to the landlords.
We do not hold landlords payment information where the tenants are paid direct.
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