Housing benefit

You might be able to claim housing benefit to help you pay towards your rent if you are on a low income. You can apply for it whether you are unemployed or working.

Further information

What you can claim in Leicester?

The amount that you can claim depends on a number of things:

  • the amount of rent you pay
  • if you rent privately or from a council or housing association
  • your household income and savings.

The amount you may receive will also be limited depending on whether you live in a property which is appropriate for your needs, and you are not under-occupying.

If you live in private sector housing, the amount that you can claim depends on the average rents in your area.

How much benefit are you entitled to?

You can use our Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Calculator to estimate how much benefit you may be entitled to. This information can be automatically added to your online claim form if you decide to apply.

Who can claim housing benefit?

You can apply for housing benefit if:

  • you pay rent.
  • you’re on a low income or claim other benefits
  • you have less than £16,000 in savings, property or shares.

You can claim if you live with a partner – but only one of you can claim.

Do I need to apply?

If you have recently made a claim for employment and support allowance, income support or jobseekers' allowance, there is no need for you to make a claim for housing benefit as Jobcentre Plus will send us your claim on your behalf. You will need to make a separate claim for council tax reduction

If you are not claiming any of those benefits, you will need to contact us to make a claim for housing benefit and council tax reduction.

How will my benefit be paid?

If you are in private accommodation the money will be paid directly to you unless you tell us you are unable to manage your finances. If you are in Council or Housing Association accommodation, in most cases the money will be paid directly into your rent account.

What other help is available?