Do I qualify for housing benefit?

After 5 September 2018 you should only apply for Housing Benefit if you:

  • have reached pension age, you can check this using the pension age checker
  • have three or more children in your household and are not already claiming Universal Credit (this ends on 31 January 2019)
  • are homeless and the council has placed you in temporary accommodation or you live in specified accommodation (where you receive care, support or supervision) or are in accommodation provided as a result of domestic violence

From 16 January 2019 the DWP have made further changes and you can now also continue to claim Housing Benefit if you currently receive the Severe Disability Premium within your existing DWP benefits.

You typically receive Severe Disability Premium if you receive one of the following benefits :

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or higher rate
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component at the standard or enhance rate
  • Attendance Allowance  or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

However if you are unsure if this applies to you, you can contact the Jobcentre on 0800 169 0310 or contact Teignbridge Benefit Services on 01626 215 078.

If you do not fall into any of the categories above you will need to claim Universal Credit for help with your rent.

If you do fall into any of these categories and need help with your rent after 5 September 2018 you need to apply for Housing Benefit.

If you can answer yes to the following statements start the calculator to see if you might qualify.

  • I am responsible for paying rent for the home that I live in. (Although we cannot help with mortgage payments,  tells you what help is available.)
  • my partner and I are on a low income – this could be from benefits, pensions or earnings.
  • my partner and I have total savings of £16,000 or less.

If you are a private tenant (you pay rent to a private landlord, not a Housing Association) you will need to read the information about Local Housing Allowance (LHA) before using the benefit calculator.

The calculator only provides an estimate of how much Housing Benefit you might receive - we cannot tell you how much you will actually qualify for until you make a claim and we have been able to make an assessment. If you are self employed the calculator might not reflect how we treat your income, as we use a minimum income floor.

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More info about the journey

  • address and post code
  • details of earnings, including how much tax, national insurance and pension contributions are paid
  • details of non earned income and benefits
  • details of childcare costs
  • details of all savings, investments, bank and building society accounts
  • if you live in rented accommodation, how much rent is charged

If you qualify for housing benefit then use the apply for Housing Benefit page to make your claim online.

If you would like to know what other benefits you may be entitled to visit GOV.UK Benefits calculators

When this content has been updated

Last updated 16 January 2019