Housing benefit: How to claim

Housing benefit or universal credit?

You can claim housing benefit if you've reached pension age unless you live with a partner who is working age.

Mixed age couples

From 15 May 2019, you can't usually make a new housing benefit claim until you're both pension age. 

If one of you reached pension age before this date, you can still make a backdated claim for housing benefit. You must apply by 13 August 2019.

If you're working age

You can only make a new claim for housing benefit if either:

  • you claim other benefits which include a severe disability premium
  • you're staying in a refuge, hostel or some types of supported or temporary housing

You must claim universal credit instead if you can't claim housing benefit.

Last updated 15 May 2019 | © Shelter

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