You may get Housing Benefit if you pay rent and your income and capital (savings and investments) are low enough given your household’s circumstances.
You could qualify whether you are in or out of work, whether you rent from the council, a housing association or a private landlord.
If you get Universal Credit (UC), you will usually get help with your rent as part of your UC payment. You won’t get Housing Benefit as the housing costs element of your UC payment will be for you to pay your rent.
You can’t usually get Housing Benefit if:
The amount of benefit you are entitled to is in part worked out by comparing your family’s actual resources with what the government states your family needs to live on.
We will look at:
The rest of the calculation of entitlement is based on your eligible rent. For council and housing association tenants your eligible rent is the actual amount of rent charged, minus any ineligible charges included in your rent (such as for your water or other utilities usage, or food).
If you rent from a private landlord, your eligible rent is restricted to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate applicable to your circumstances. Your rate of Local Housing Allowance is based on the number of bedrooms you need and not how much rent you pay.
You can find out more about LHA and the latest rates on the Local Housing Allowance page.
LHA rates have been frozen until 2019/2020.
The Benefit Cap limits the amount of benefit that most people of working age can get.
The Government adds up how much money you get from a range of benefits including: Housing Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Income Support, Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, and Universal Credit.
If the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed your Housing Benefit payment or Universal Credit will be reduced to make sure that the total amount of benefit you get is below the cap level.
Since 7 November 2016, benefits have been capped to:
Certain benefits are exempt from being capped, for more information visit www.gov.uk/benefit-cap/overview
Choose a way to contact us:
Home visits can be arranged for those unable to get to the office due to disability or infirmity. We also have staff that can help if English is not your first language.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigate Housing Benefit Fraud. You can report housing benefit fraud directly to DWP .
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