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 one of the following is true:
- you have 3 or more children
- you are getting the severe disability premium
- you got the severe disability premium within the last month and you’re still eligible for it
- 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.