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Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
If you have a low income or are claiming welfare benefits, you may be able to get housing benefit or local housing allowance to help pay some or all of the rent on your home. You can claim if you are in work, out of work or retired.
Housing benefit changes may reduce the amount you can get to help pay the rent. Bedroom tax and the benefit cap may affect you
Housing benefit is a benefit paid by local councils that could help with payments towards your rent if you have a low income and savings below £16,000
Applications for housing benefit can be made with some other benefits or sent direct to your local council. Apply on time if you can, backdating isn’t easy
Housing benefit delays, errors, overpayments or shortfalls can all cause problems. You may have to complain or ask for a review or appeal to sort things out
Make sure you tell the housing benefit department about changes that could affect how much housing benefit you can get. Don't risk an overpayment