Housing benefit: How to claim
Housing benefit or universal credit?
You can only make a new claim for housing benefit if either:
- you - and your partner if you live with them - are pension age
- 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.
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 13 Aug 2019 | © Shelter
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