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Check if you qualify for housing benefit

You may qualify for housing benefit if your rent your home from a housing association or a private landlord, or if you are a sub-tenant or lodger.

You cannot claim housing benefit if you:

  • own your home and have a mortgage
  • rent your home from a close relative who lives in the same house
  • have applied for Universal Credit

Savings and investments

Unless you get Guaranteed Pension Credit you won't qualify if you or your partner have savings or investments over £16,000.

Can students claim housing benefit?

Most full-time students can't claim housing benefit as they're expected to use other money such as their student loan. However, you may qualify if:

  • you have children 
  • you are a part-time student
  • you or your partner have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit
  • you get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • you get the Disability Premium (this is an allowance we use to work out benefit for people who meet certain conditions) 
  • you get a Disabled Student's Allowance for deafness 
  • you are between 16 and 20 and studying but not in higher education (eg GCE A' Level, BTEC National Diploma or National Certificate regardless of whether the course leads to a qualification). Or are 21 but began such a course before your 21st birthday.
  • you are under 20 and on approved training which you began or were accepted on before your 19th birthday
  • your course has been interrupted, with the approval of the college or university, due to illness or caring responsibilities, further conditions apply
  • you have a limited capability for work (as defined and decided by the Department for Work and Pensions), and have been treated as incapable for over 28 weeks

If you fall into one of these categories contact us for more information.

Contact us
03000 26 2000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
01207 218 876
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