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Housing benefit

You might be able to claim housing benefit to help you pay towards your rent if you are on a low income, regardless of being employed or unemployed.

What can you 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.

Manage your housing benefit

Find out your entitlement, check your next payment date and report a change in your circumstances online