How to claim Housing Benefit
Housing Benefit is a benefit to help you pay your rent if you cannot afford it.
To claim housing benefit, you must be responsible for paying the rent. A partner of someone who is responsible may also claim Housing Benefit but only one partner can claim for the same property.
Anyone who has capital over £16,000 will be disqualified from housing benefit except if they receive Pensions Credit Guaranteed Credit (PCGC).
You may qualify for full benefit if you receive:
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Pension Credit (guaranteed)
You can apply for these at your local Job Centre or through the Pensions Service.
Owner-occupiers may be able to get help from the Department for Work and Pensions with their mortgage interest if they receive Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit.
There are special rules for students and for people:
- in board and lodgings and hostels
- in private residential care and nursing homes
- who have two homes
- who are temporarily away from home
- who live in someone else's home