Housing Benefit is for people on a low income who need help with paying their rent. If you're on a low income, whether you're working or not, and need help with paying all or part of your rent, you may be entitled to receive Housing Benefit.
To get Housing Benefit you must pay rent to the Council, a Registered Social Landlord or a Private Landlord. You can also claim Housing Benefit if you rent a room in a hostel, or are a boarder. You can claim it if you share a flat or a house and can get Housing Benefit as a joint tenant or a sub-tenant.
You can't usually get housing benefit if:
- You have savings of over £16,000, unless you are getting the 'guarantee credit' of Pension Credit
- You live in a home of a close relative
- You are a full time student (unless you're disabled or have children)
- You are an asylum seeker or are sponsored to be in the UK
If you live with a partner or civil partner only one of you can get Housing Benefit. If you're single and aged under 25 you can only get Housing Benefit for bed-sit accommodation or one room in shared accommodation.