Housing benefit new claim
- Category: Benefits
- Last Updated: 09 October 2015
Housing Benefit is a benefit paid to householders to help with the payment of their rent and is sometimes referred to as "rent allowance". Claims require evidence of tenancy and income in order to assess eligibility for benefit.
Who can claim?
You can claim Housing Benefit if you pay rent on a home you occupy and you receive:
- Income Support;
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Guarantee Pension Credit;
- or you are on a low income.
How can I claim?
You will need to complete all the relevant questions, sign and date the declaration and provide all the original documentary information requested on the form in support of your application. If you cannot provide all the evidence with the application form, send the form back straightaway so you will not lose out on your date of claim and make sure you provide any other evidence within four weeks.
For full details on claiming Housing Benefit and up to date information on how other DWP benefits may affect your benefit claim log on to GOV.UK.