How to claim housing benefit


Who can claim

You can usually claim housing benefit to help you pay rent for your home if you:

  • are on a low income or claim other benefits
  • have savings less than £16,000

If you live with a partner, you can only make one claim per household.

Use the entitledto benefits calculator to see if you can claim housing benefit

Universal credit

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

Check whether you live in a universal credit area

Who can’t claim

You can’t usually claim housing benefit if you:


Last updated 24 Sep 2018 | © Shelter

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