You may get housing benefit if:
you rent your home or
you're a sub-tenant or lodger
Usually you won’t get Housing Benefit if:
you rent your home from a close relative who lives in the same house
you own the property you're claiming benefit for (or have a mortgage on that property)
you and any partner have joint savings or investments of more than £16,000
you're a foreign national subject to immigration control
you are receiving Universal Credit (Opens in a New Window)
We may be able to pay you benefit from an earlier date, if there was a good cause for the delay in making your claim.
If you’re under pension age, you must write to us if you want your claim to be backdated. We can sometimes backdate your claim for up to one month from the date we receive your written request for backdating if there’s a good reason why you didn't claim earlier.
If you’re of pension age, we’ll automatically backdate your claim by up to three months from the date we receive your claim.
You can apply for Housing Benefit online by using the form under Related Forms.
What you’ll get
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is used to work out how much Housing Benefit we can pay for private tenants to rent their homes.
The amount of LHA rate you get is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs. You need one bedroom for
each person or couple over 16
two children under 16 of the same sex
two children under 10 regardless of sex
an extra room for a disabled tenant or partner who needs a non-resident overnight carer
For more information about Local Housing Allowance please view our LHA FAQs. (.pdf) (10.1KB) (Opens in a New Window) If you would like to check your Local Housing Allowance Rate please check LHA on the Government's website. (Opens in a New Window)
How we pay your Housing Benefit
A notification letter (.pdf) (59.1KB) (Opens in a New Window) will be sent to you confirming any entitlement to Housing Benefit.
If you're a council tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your rent account.
If you're a housing association tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your landlord.
If you're a private tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your bank account.
In some circumstances we may pay your benefit directly to your landlord.