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Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit helps people on low incomes to pay their rent. You can claim it if you rent your main home from us, a housing association or a private landlord.

If you rent from a shared ownership scheme or live in a hostel, hotel or mobile home you can still apply. To see if you are eligible, we will look at your and your partner's joint income and capital, taking into account who lives with you. 

Housing Benefit cannot help with mortgage repayments, however the Department for Work and Pensions can offer support for mortgage interest in certain circumstances.

You can't usually get Housing Benefit if you:

  • live with and pay rent to a close relative
  • used to live with your landlord as a member of your family
  • are renting a home you used to share with an ex-partner
  • are responsible for the landlord's child
  • used to own the property which you now rent
  • live in the home as part of your job
  • live in a care home
  • are a full-time student
  • have savings of £16,000 or more, unless you or your partner receives Pension Credit Guarantee.
  • Apply for Housing Benefit

    You should apply for Housing Benefit as soon as you think you need help.

  • Housing Benefit payments

    If you are a private tenant we usually pay Housing Benefit directly into your bank account every two weeks, on a Friday. If you are a council tenant your Housing Benefit will be credited to your rent account. If we pay your landlord direct, we pay her/him every four weeks in arrears.

  • online benefit calculator

    Why not use the online benefit calculator to find out what you could be entitled to? Please note that this calculator provides an estimate only and you will not be guaranteed the amount shown.

  • How much Housing Benefit you may receive

    Your individual circumstances affect the amount of Housing Benefit we will pay you. This includes your rent, income, savings, the size of your family and how many bedrooms you need.

  • Discretionary Housing Payments

    Sometimes we can pay extra money to people who are entitled to Housing Benefit if they need more help with their housing costs. This is at our discretion and we only have a limited fund each year.

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