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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 best way to do this is to create an online account with us. Once you have done this, you will be able to make a claim through your account, and track its progress from start to finish.

To continue completing a form without creating an account, click on the button below. If you apply this way you will not be able to track the progress of your claim.

Providing Evidence

When applying for housing benefit you may need to provide evidence to support the application.

The fastest and most effective way to add evidence to your claim is to upload it to the form. You can add it at the time of completing the form OR save the form and return to it to add the evidence needed before submitting. If you save the form make sure you take note of your reference number so you can return to the saved version.

 View our guide to getting and adding evidence to support your application. [2MB]

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