Eligibility

Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. It’s being replaced by Universal Credit.

You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if any of the following apply:

  • you have 3 or more children
  • you have reached State Pension age
  • you live in temporary accommodation
  • you live in sheltered or supported housing with special facilities such as alarms or wardens

If not, you’ll need to claim Universal Credit instead.

Use a benefits calculator to check if you can get Housing Benefit before you apply.

Who is not eligible

Usually you will not get Housing Benefit if:

  • you have less than 3 children
  • your savings are over £16,000 - unless you get Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit
  • you’re paying a mortgage on your own home - you may be able to get Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)
  • you live in the home of a close relative
  • you’re already claiming Universal Credit (unless you’re in temporary or supported housing)
  • your partner is already claiming Housing Benefit
  • you’re a full-time student - unless you’re disabled or have 3 or more children
  • you’re residing in the UK as a European Economic Area jobseeker
  • you’re an asylum seeker or sponsored to be in the UK
  • you’re subject to immigration control and your granted leave states that you cannot claim public funds

You may be able to get other help with housing costs.