How to claim housing benefit
Who can claim
Housing benefit can help with rent if you're on a low income.
You can only make a new claim for housing benefit if one of the following applies:
you - and your partner if you live with them - are pension age
you're staying in a refuge, hostel or some types of supported or temporary housing
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, most mixed age couples must claim universal credit instead of housing benefit and pension credit.
If you were already a mixed age couple before that date and get housing benefit, you can continue to do so unless a change in your situation means both your housing benefit and pension credit stop. You would then need to claim universal credit instead.
Who can’t claim
You can’t usually claim housing benefit if you:
are a full time student but there are exceptions
don’t meet immigration and residence conditions
live with a close family member who you pay rent to
are supported by social services as a care leaver while you're under 18
have savings above £16,000 - unless you get guarantee pension credit
Last updated: 31 January 2021