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Housing Benefit


Overview

You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income. Housing Benefit can pay for part, or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.

You can apply for Housing Benefit whether you’re unemployed or working. Housing Benefit can’t be paid for heating, hot water, energy or food. You may get help with all or part of your rent. There’s no set amount of Housing Benefit and what you get will depend on whether you rent privately or from a social landlord.

You may get Housing Benefit if:

• you pay rent
• you’re on a low income or claiming benefits
• your savings are below a certain level - usually £16,000

If you’re single and under 35, you can only get Housing Benefit for a single room in shared accommodation. How much you get is usually based on:

• the Local Housing Allowance rates in your area
• how many bedrooms you need
• your income - including benefits, pensions and savings over £6,000
• your circumstances

If you are thinking about renting privately and want to claim benefit you should consider that payments are usually made in arrears and can’t always be paid directly to the landlord.

Recent Welfare reforms

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can receive. This could have a significant effect on the amount of Housing Benefit you qualify for.

If you are renting affordable housing there are also changes to the amount of bedrooms needed for a household.

Visit Welfare Reforms for more information.