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How we work out your Housing Benefit

You may be able to get help with all or part of your rent. There’s no set amount of Housing Benefit and what you will get will depend on your circumstances and whether you rent privately or from a registered social landlord. 

You can use the benefit calculator online to work out what you could get.

Help with social housing rent 

How much you will get depends on:

Help with private rent

If you rent privately, your eligible rent amount is either your Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate or your actual rent, which ever is lower. The LHA rate is based on where you live and your household size.

How much you can get depends on:

  • The lower figure of your eligible rent or LHA rate
  • Your household income, including benefits, pensions, and savings over £6,000
  • Your circumstances
  • Other adults who live with you

I have submitted by claim form, what happens next?

We may contact you if we need further details or supporting evidence i.e. a bank statement or wage slips.

When we have assessed your claim we will send you a revised Council Tax bill showing the amount of Council Tax Support awarded.

How will I be paid?

We will pay your Housing Benefit into your bank account every 4 weeks. In some case we can pay your landlord directly.

Extra help to pay your Rent

If you are receiving Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit, you may be able to get extra help called Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

Tell us about a change

If you are receiving Housing Benefit you need to tell us about changes.

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