Housing Benefit is available to people on a low income who are renting their homes to help them to afford to pay the rent.
If you have another adult (over 18) living with you (even if this is your son or daughter) the bedroom tax may apply to you.
If you have made applied for Universal Credit you will also need apply for Council Tax reduction, as your housing element will form part of your claim.
Who can claim?
To apply for Housing Benefit you must:
You must normally live at the property you are applying for
Be liable to pay rent for the property
Either be entitled to Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (Income based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) or have a low income
You cannot claim for a property let on a lease of more than 21 years except for shared or co-ownership schemes, or where you are the owner-occupier, or if you are a tenant in a property owned by the Crown.
People with over £16,000 in savings will not normally qualify for any benefit.
How is it worked out?
Each year the Government issues guideline figures showing the amount people should have to meet their basic needs. These figures vary depending on your circumstances. The amount of benefit may be reduced if there are other adults living in the household, for example children over the age of 18.
If you think that you could qualify for benefit you should complete an application form.
How much can be awarded?
Benefit can only be awarded towards the eligible Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate for a property.
The maximum amount of benefit is 100% of the LHA rate, and this amount will normally be received by a person on Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (Income based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income related).
If you think you have 'good cause' for a late claim please make sure that you fill in a application form for the period in question.
Still not sure if you qualify? Don't miss out, make a claim.