Housing benefit for mobile homes

You can claim housing benefit for a mobile home if you have a low income or receive benefits. Housing benefit can help you pay your rent or site fees.  

Housing benefit for mobile homes

You can claim housing benefit to help pay your rent or site fees if you live in a mobile home.

Mobile homes include caravans occupied by people with a travelling tradition, such as Gypsies and Travellers.

If you live in a universal credit area, you will have to claim housing costs under universal credit instead.

Check whether you live in a universal credit area

How housing benefit for rent is calculated

The council decides on the maximum amount of rent that qualifies for housing benefit on mobile homes by looking at rents for similar properties in the area.

The council can look at rents for traditional bricks and mortar homes as well as mobile homes.

Gypsies and Travellers on council-owned sites

The maximum amount of rent can only be restricted if:

  • the council says your mobile home is too large for your needs
  • the rent is unreasonably high

Mobile home owners

You can claim housing benefit to help pay site fees if you own your mobile home. This can cover your pitch fee and maintenance charges.

Housing benefit won't cover personal loan repayments for buying your home.

Still need help?

Get advice from Citizens Advice if you have any problems making a claim for housing benefit.

Search for your nearest Citizens Advice service


Last updated 27 Jul 2018 | © Shelter

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