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What is housing benefit?

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

  • your income
  • your savings or capital (more than £16,000 will normally disqualify you)
  • the size and (for some private tenants), the condition of your home, compared with similar homes in the area.
  • the amount of your rent you have to pay
  • other people living with you.

Who does housing benefit apply to?

Housing benefit applies to tenants living in:

  • a council property
  • privately rented accommodation (the allowance for these tenants is known as Local Housing Allowance and the rates are set separately)
  • a hostel
  • housing association accommodation.

How to claim housing benefit

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