Housing benefit

If you're on a low income and need financial help to pay all or part of your rent, you may be able to get housing benefit. It does not matter if your landlord is the council, a housing association or a private landlord, you can still claim. Boarders, lodgers and people living in hostels can also claim.

Who cannot claim?

You can't usually get housing benefit if:

  • you have savings of over £16,000, unless you are aged 60 or over and getting the 'guarantee credit' of Pension Credit
  • you live in the home of a close relative
  • you're a full-time student (unless you're disabled or have children)
  • you're an asylum seeker or are sponsored to be in the UK

If you live with a partner or civil partner only one of you can get Housing Benefit.

If you're single and aged under 35 you can only get Housing Benefit for bed-sit accommodation or one room in shared accommodation.

When you apply, we will ask you for:

  • proof of your identity
  • proof of your income and capital
  • details of anyone else who lives with you

Apply for housing benefit

First of all, make an application for housing benefit, then, use the evidence upload form to submit any evidence to support your claim, for example, proof of identity, income, or rent. 

Help us deal with your claim quickly by:

  • answering all the questions on the claim form
  • giving us proof of all your details as soon as possible
  • replying straight away if we ask you for any more information
  • contacting us quickly if there is something that you do not understand

If you are unable to get out easily, contact us and let us know why you need a visit, and we may be able to send a Visiting Officer to your home.