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Apply for housing benefit

You can only apply for Housing Benefit if you:

  • have reached pension age, you can check this using the pension age checker
  • 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

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

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 361 101.

If you have checked that you are eligible to claim Housing Benefit and not Universal Credit you must complete the online application form.

If you also need help with your council tax you can claim Council Tax Reduction at the same time.

Awards will normally start from the Monday after your claim is received by us, so it is important that you do not delay if you want to claim.

You can start to make your claim even if you do not have all of the information. Save the partially completed form and return later to complete it.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected by adhering to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We have more detail available on how we collect and use information, you can also view our privacy policy.

We also use information received from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in relation to changes to DWP benefits in payment or just awarded, which can automatically amend claimants entitlement.

Use the 'Start' button to make a new application or you can return to a previously saved form

Start the journey


More info about the journey

To complete the form you will need to have the following information:

  • name, date of birth, national insurance number
  • 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
  • detail of all savings, investments, bank and building society accounts
  • if you live in rented accommodation, how much rent is charged, and your landlords name and address

You can start to make your claim even if you do not have all of the information. Save the partially completed from and return later to complete it. 


When this content has been updated

Last updated 20 March 2023