Are you eligible to apply?
You can claim Housing Benefit if you are responsible for paying rent where you are living.
You can make a claim for housing benefit whether you are working or claiming other benefits.
Special rules will apply to some people who claim housing benefit and you may not qualify for benefit if you are:
- a student
- subject to immigration control
- in hospital
- in prison
- living in a residential care or nursing home
- a young person, aged 16-17
- someone who maintains two homes
If you fall into one of these categories you should contact us for more information.
You will not qualify for housing benefit if you have more than £16,000 in savings unless you are getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
If you are in receipt of Income Support, income related Employment and Support Allowance or income based Job Seekers Allowance you will normally qualify for housing benefit if you make an application.
If you are working then your application will need to be assessed to see if you qualify but as an example a single person, over 25, living alone would qualify for some housing benefit if they had an income of £180 after tax and were paying an eligible rent of £80.
Whether you are working or not how much you are paid will depend on
- your age
- who else is living with you
- the rent you pay
- what savings you have
- how much money you have coming in
Use the benefit calculator to see what you might be entitled to »
Our staff can accept housing benefit claims over the telephone or in person. We no longer ask applicants to fill in a paper application form.