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Private Rents

 You will only be able to claim Housing Benefit if:

  • you are of pensionable age
  • you live in supported accommodation, e.g. where care is provided, or in temporary accommodation, e.g. a B&B or hostel
  • you get the Severe Disability Premium within your JSA(IB), ESA(IR), Income Support or Housing Benefit awarded at your previous council and have moved

In all other cases you will need to claim Universal Credit.


IMPORTANT STEPS TO MAKE A HOUSING BENEFIT CLAIM

1. Contact  our office on 01590 646121 to find out how much Housing Benefit you could get.  It's best to talk to us first, because we can help you through the claiming process.  We can even make an appointment for you to see a personal advisor to help you make your claim, if you wish.

3. You'll need to fill in a Housing Benefit claim form and return it to the Benefits office with all the necessary supporting documents we ask for (without this we may not be able to deal with your Housing Benefit claim). When we have received everything, we will work out your Local Housing Allowance and your Housing Benefit.

We can only start Housing benefit once you have moved into your property.  Therefore, if you send your claim form to our office before moving in, we will need to confirm you've moved in before we start paying Housing Benefit.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE AMOUNT OF BENEFIT I RECEIVE IS LESS THAN THE RENT I HAVE TO PAY?

Whatever your weekly income is, if your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is less than your rent you will have to pay the rest of the rent yourself.

IF YOU ARE AN EXISTING TENANT MAKING A NEW CLAIM FOR HOUSING BENEFIT AND PREVIOUSLY COULD AFFORD THE RENT

If you are making a new claim and your rent is more than your Local Housing Allowance we may use your actual rent for the first 13 weeks of your claim.  This only applies where you, or your partner, could afford the financial commitments of the tenancy when it was agreed AND that neither you or your partner have received Housing Benefit for any period of 52 weeks prior to making your current claim.  Please contact our office for further information.

Updated: 2 Apr 2019
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