Housing benefit: How to claim

Who can claim

Housing benefit can help you pay your rent if you're on a low income and have savings below £16,000.

You can only make a new claim for housing benefit if one of the following applies:

  • you're of pension age
  • you have 3 or more dependent children 
  • you're staying in a refuge or some types of supported or temporary accommodation

Otherwise, you must claim universal credit instead.

Who can’t claim

You can’t usually claim housing benefit if you:

  • have savings above £16,000 (unless you claim pension credit guarantee)
  • live with a close family member who you pay rent to
  • are a full-time student
  • are a care leaver aged 16 or 17
  • don’t meet immigration and residence conditions
  • are an asylum seeker

Last updated 24 Sep 2018 | © Shelter

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