Housing Benefits

Housing Benefits

Residents can apply for Housing Benefit to help pay rent if they are facing difficulties.

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)

However, please note, with effect from 13th June 2018, if your postcode begins NG16 2, NG16 3, NG16 4, NG16 5, NG16 6 or NG16 9, you are not eligible to apply for Housing Benefit. If you need help towards your rent, you will need to apply for Universal Credit, unless you fall into one of the following exempt categories;

  • tenants in exempt supported or temporary accommodation,
  • those with 3 or more children
  • those of State Pension Credit age

All other Postcodes should continue to claim for Housing Benefit.

If you wish to claim for help with your Council Tax liability and your postcode is one of those mentioned above you can apply for Council Tax Support by completing and submitting the Broxtowe Borough Council online application form.

Backdated claims

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.

View 2022/23 Payments Schedule (.pdf) (371KB) Opens in a New Window)

Broxtowe Borough Council
tel: 0115 917 7777