Housing benefit

About housing benefit

Housing benefit can cover or pay towards your rent. It can also give extra money towards things you have to pay for, such as children's play areas and the cleaning of communal areas.

Housing benefit doesn't cover things like:

  • food
  • water charges
  • personal laundry or heating, except for communal areas

It doesn't matter whether you pay rent to a private landlord, to us, or something like a hostel or guest house.

If you want to claim housing benefit you should complete a benefit claim.

The quickest and easiest way to claim is online. You can claim by logging-in to our My Account services. You can create an account if you don't already have one.

My Account services login

Tenants who rent from private landlords are assessed for local housing allowance.

If you receive housing benefit, you will need to tell us about any changes in your circumstances.

Since 1 April 2013, housing benefit payments may be reduced if bedrooms are under-occupied