Claim housing benefit

If you need help paying your rent, you can make a claim for Housing Benefit.

From 12 July 2017, most working age people will have to claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which includes help with housing costs if you pay rent.

You will still have to claim Council Tax Support from us.

Your online claim for Housing Benefit

Using our online form is the quickest and easiest way to claim.

If you proceed with our online claim form for Housing Benefit, we will tell you whether you should be claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.

Your application is in 3 parts:

  • the calculator gives you an idea of what you may be entitled to
  • the claim form
  • the evidence checklist confirms which proof of ID you need to provide

Make sure you print off or save your evidence checklist after you submit your application.

Start or return to claim

You can also use this form to:

When you will receive Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit is normally paid from the Monday after you submit your online application. If you delay submitting your application, you could risk losing benefit.

No payment of Housing Benefit will be made if you do not provide your evidence as soon as possible; if you fail to provide your evidence within one month, your claim will be closed.

Who can claim Housing Benefit

Check the rules about Housing Benefit eligibility (if you are entitled to claim Housing Benefit).

If you are helping someone make a claim for Housing Benefit, you can complete the claim form on their behalf.

If you have a change of circumstances

You should also tell us if your circumstances change.

Housing Benefit and the benefit cap

If you are awarded Housing Benefit and are subject to the benefit cap as a result of the Government's Welfare Reform Act 2012, we will write and let you know. This means that you may receive a reduced amount of Housing Benefit than the one quoted in the calculation on this website.

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