How to claim housing benefit

Housing benefit or universal credit?

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

  • you live with your partner and you are both pension age

  • you're staying in a refuge, hostel or some types of supported or temporary housing

You may be able to get help with rent through universal credit instead if you can't claim housing benefit.

Mixed age couples

You're a mixed age couple if one of you is pension age and the other is working age.  

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

Last updated: 3 October 2021

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