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Eligible rent and rent restrictions

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What amount of the claimant's rent is used when calculating housing benefit.

Eligible rent is the amount used for the calculation of housing benefit. In some situations, this will be the same as the actual rent due to the landlord, but in other cases, the local authority restricts the eligible rent after taking account of certain factors, explained in this section.

The term maximum rent is sometimes used in the regulations, but it has the same meaning as eligible rent, and the latter term is used on Shelter Legal.

Restrictions on eligible rents: Private rented sector tenants

The restrictions applicable to the eligible rent of a private rented sector occupier in receipt of housing benefit. 

Restrictions on eligible rents: Social rented sector tenants

The restrictions applicable to the eligible rent of a social rented sector tenant in receipt of housing benefit. 

Services charges under housing benefit

Which service charges can be covered by housing benefit. 

Pre-tenancy determinations

How tenants can apply for a pre-tenancy determination for a property, to show what rent figure will be used in calculating housing benefit. 

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