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Housing Benefit

Can I claim?

How to claim Housing Benefit

Further information

Housing Benefit can help towards the cost of your rent if you are on a low income. The amount of benefit you get depends on the level of your capital and income, together with your individual circumstances.

Can I claim?

  To apply for Housing Benefit you must:

  • Normally live at the property you are applying for

  • Be liable to pay rent for the property

  • And meet one of the following criteria:

    • You are entitled to an existing benefit that includes a Severe Disability Premium

    • You are living in supported or Local Authority temporary accommodation

    • You, and your partner if you have one, have reached the qualifying age to claim Pension Credit or are entitled to Pension Credit.  (If you make a claim for Housing Benefit on or before 13 August 2019, we will be able to consider your claim even if your partner has not reached the Pension Credit qualifying age as long as you meet the entitlement conditions that applied on 14 May 2019).

If you normally live at the property and are liable to pay rent but don't meet the other criteria listed above, you need to claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit for help with your rent. There is more information about this on or ring 0800 328 5644.


How to claim Housing Benefit

 We will need to see proof of all your income and savings. The pdf icon claim form [1Mb] explains what you need to send us. If you don't have all the proof don't delay returning your form to us. You can send proof later.

If you are a private tenant you must supply proof of the rent that you are charged by your landlord. We prefer a tenancy agreement but will accept a letter signed and dated by both of you and your landlord. This must also state the address of the property, the amount of rent, the start date of the tenancy and the date you moved in. The letter should state any other terms that you have agreed; this will include the period of notice you have to give to end the tenancy and the notice which the landlord must give you.

If you are a council tenant you do not need to supply proof of the rent you are charged.




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