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Apply for Housing Benefit

Who can claim, how to claim, and what you'll get.

Who can claim

You can apply for housing benefit if:

  • you rent your home
  • you are a sub-tenant or lodger

You won't be able to make a claim if:

  • you own the property you are claiming for
  • you rent your home from a close relative that lives in the same house
  • you, or your partner, have joint savings of over £16,000 (unless you receive Guarantee Pension Credit)
  • you are receiving Universal Credit

You can also get help with Council Tax if you are liable to pay. You can make a claim for both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction on the same form.

How to claim

You can make a claim online.

The claim form will tell you exactly what you need to provide, and we'll contact you if we need any further information.

We'll tell you our decision within 14 working days of receiving the claim.

Need help?

If you need help with the calculator, and would like someone to go through this with you, contact Citizens Advice.

They will be able to offer you an appointment at one of their offices in LeekCheadle or Biddulph.

What you'll get

You can find out how much you might get by using our benefits calculator.

Read more about how we pay benefit