- A person who falls under one or more of the following categories cannot apply for the housing benefit.
- A person with savings of £16,000 or more unless he/she is getting pension credit or guarantee credit.
- A person who lives in a relative’s house.
- A person who is in full time education unless he/she is disabled or have children.
- A person who is an asylum seeker or somebody who has sponsorship to stay in United Kingdom.
There are some other restrictions on getting the housing benefit including:
- If a person shares the residency with a spouse or civil partner, then only one of them can apply for the housing benefit.
- A person who is under 35 years of age and is single can only get housing benefit for a bed sit or a shared room.
If you want to check your eligibility for the housing benefit scheme then simple visit this link and search for your local authority details to contact them.
How much you can get?
If you are renting a property from a landlord then the housing benefit will be calculated according to the local housing allowance rules.
In case of residing in the council's premises then the benefits will be same as the eligible rent.
How will you be get paid
If you live in a council house then the rents will be paid directly into your council’s rent account.
If you live in any other property then the rents will be paid to you by cheque or transfered to your or the building society's bank account.
How to claim?
If you are not claiming any other benefits then you can download the housing benefit form, here.
Simply download this form, fill it and submit it to your local borough council. They will then decide on the outcome of your application by carefully considering all aspects of it.
If you are rejected the housing benefits and you think the decision is wrong, then you can appeal against it by following the instructions given in this leaflet.