Housing Benefit is a means-tested benefit to help you pay rent if you are on a low income.
To claim Housing Benefit you must live in the accommodation for which you are making a claim and be responsible for paying rent. This applies if you are:
If you are living in a rented property but are temporarily away from your home you may still be able to get Housing Benefit. Contact us for advice.
If any of the following circumstances apply you may not be eligible for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction:
A partner of a full time student can claim Housing Benefit.
You may be able to get up to 100% of your rent and Council Tax paid, but the actual amount depends on the amount of rent or Council Tax you are charged, your income and savings, and the other people who live with you. Use our benefits calculator to find out.
The amount of rent we use to calculate entitlement is not necessarily the amount of rent you are charged. If you are renting from a private landlord The Rent Service set the rates we use. See our Local Housing Allowance page for more information. There may also be deductions for additional adults who live with you and are not your partner.
If bills are included in your rent these will be deducted from the calculation as Housing Benefit does not cover these costs, unless they are for communal or shared areas.
If you think you qualify for this benefit, please submit a claim.
Sometimes we can backdate your benefit for a period before you applied. More about backdating.
You must inform us if your circumstances change, as this may affect the amount of benefit you are entitled to.
Depending on the outcome of your application, you may want to appeal. More about the appeals process.