Housing Benefit is money to help you with your housing costs if you are on a low income. It can help with rent and some service charges. You could qualify for this help whether you are in or out of work.
As part of its welfare reforms the Government has introduced Universal Credit, a new benefit that replaces six existing benefits, including Housing Benefit, with a single monthly payment if you're out of work or on a low income.
- Available In
- What we can help with
- Help with accommodation or my tenancy
- Information on government/council support schemes
- Available to these Groups
- All Groups
Anyone with a low income who pays rent to the council or a private landlord for the home they normally live in can claim housing benefit.
Only the tenant, the tenant's partner or official appointee can claim housing benefit - a landlord cannot claim for them.
Tenants cannot normally get housing benefit if they live with and pay rent to a close relative.