You get a housing benefit claim form from the council or you can claim when applying for other benefits.
You may be able to get your housing benefit backdated for a limited period. Different time limits apply for working age and pension age claimants.
Once you have applied for housing benefit the council should assess and pay your housing benefit within two weeks. See what you can do if there is a delay.
Actively following up on your housing benefit claim and checking you've provided all the information needed may help prevent avoidable delays
If you are a private or housing association tenant, you could be eligible for housing benefit interim payments to help you pay your rent until your claim is processed
There is no limit to how long you can claim housing benefit. But if your circumstances change, you might receive less or no longer be eligible
Depending on your circumstances, housing benefit may be paid to you or directly to your landlord.
The amount of housing benefit you receive may be reduced if another adult lives in your home.