If you pay rent, you may be able to claim Housing Benefit to help with your rent payments.
Housing Benefit is paid according to who your landlord is:
- if you are a council tenant, it is paid directly into your rent account
- if you are a private tenant or a housing association tenant, it is paid by BACS Direct Credit directly to you or your landlord
How Housing Benefit is calculated and paid
If you claim Housing Benefit, we'll also work out any Council Tax Support you can claim to help with your Council Tax bill.
Changes to Housing Benefit
Housing Benefit changed in 2013; the changes related to:
- under occupancy of social housing and the 'bedroom tax'
- Local Housing Allowance (LHA) which is now used to work out most new claims for Housing Benefit for tenants renting from a private landlord
If you need advice about these changes and how they may affect you, contact our Benefits team.