How to claim housing benefit

Making a Claim

Housing benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income. The amount of housing benefit you can get is worked out by looking at:

  • how much money you have coming in
  • your personal circumstances and the amount of rent you have to pay
  • the amount of savings you have

The online calculator on the right hand side can provide an estimate of the help you may receive.

Who can apply?
  • anyone paying rent
  • tenants in a housing association property
  • tenants living in privately rented accommodation
  • tenants living in a hostel
How to claim

To make a new claim for housing benefit you need to fill in an application form. You can apply for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction using the same form. To request a form please contact us.

If you are already receiving housing benefit and wish to tell us about a change to your claim, you will need to complete a change of circumstances form.

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