The amount of Housing Benefit you get will depend on:
- The Local Housing Allowance if you live in the private rented sector, or
- Social Sector Size Criteria (Bedroom Tax) if you live in the social rented sector.
- The rate charge for your property if you are an owner occupier.
- A means-test - we compare your total weekly income with the amount the government says you need to live on
- If you have a non-dependent living with you; and
- If you are impacted by the Benefit Cap.
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You may not receive any Housing Benefit if:
you have more than £16,000 savings/capital (unless you get Guarantee Pension Credit)
you pay rent to a close relative that you live with
you are a full-time student (unless you have a disability or are responsible for a child)
you are responsible for a child and pay rent to the child’s parent
you recently sold your home and now rent the same home
you are a care leaver aged 16 or 17
you are not a UK/Irish national and do not qualify for Housing Benefit
a court has told you to live in a hostel as a condition of bail
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Quick online calculation for Housing Benefit
To find out how much Housing Benefit you might expect to receive, use our:
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The calculator only provides an estimate. It is not the actual amount you will receive.
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The information in this section is for general advice only.
Contact your local Housing Benefit office if you have any queries.
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