Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit which helps people pay rent for the homes they live in. Housing Benefit can be paid to anyone who rents from the private sector, a Housing Association, or our Council housing.
To be entitled to Housing Benefit you need to have a liability to pay rent.
You can make a claim for Housing Benefit if any of the following apply:
You are not be entitled if any of the following apply:
Download our Persons from Abroad Factsheet if you are considering making a claim for Housing Benefit, but are newly arrived in, or have recently returned to the United Kingdom.
This leaflet provides information for persons from abroad.
Please be aware that you may not get Housing Benefit if any of the following apply:
You used to live with your landlord as a family member, relative or friend, and now pay that person rent.
You used to own the property which you now rent. There may be exceptions to this, and each case will be looked at individually before any decision is made - download the Department for Work and Pensions leaflet for more information.
You live in a property run by a religious order and you are a member of that religious order.
You rent from a trust and you are also a trustee or beneficiary.
You rent the property from a company and you are a director or employee of the company.
You are a student (most full-time students don't qualify, but some do). Download our Students Factsheet for more information.
You are temporarily living away from your usual home.
This leaflet provides information and advice for homeowners thinking of selling and then renting back their property
This leaflet provides information and advice for students.