Qualifying for Housing Benefit
You may qualify for Housing Benefit if you:
- live in Northern Ireland
- are on a low income or claim benefits
- have housing costs (rent and/or rates) for a property you live in as your main home
Completing a claim for Housing Benefit
The easiest way to complete a claim for Housing Benefit is online.
Before you make the claim please read our section 'Completing the form' (on this page).
Click the button below to start your claim.
Other ways to claim Housing Benefit:
- download the Housing Benefit Claim Form (PDF 611 kB)
- visit any Housing Executive office to pick up a form
- phone Housing Benefit on 03448 920 902 | NGT (Next Generation Text): 18001 03448 920 902 and ask for a form
Once you have completed your Housing Benefit form, please return it to us. Find your nearest:
Completing the form
Before you start, please read the information below in the following sections:
- Proof of identity required and
- Evidence required
You do not need to provide proof of your identity if you:
- Are a Housing Executive tenant;
- Are a housing association tenant;
- Are homeless and a Full Duty Applicant (FDA);
- Have received Housing Benefit in the last three years; or
- Are receiving:
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Guarantee Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
You must read the other sections on this page before completing the Housing Benefit form.
Proof of identity required
You will need to supply proof of you and your partner’s (if applicable) identity:
You will need to supply evidence to support your claim for Housing Benefit. Please check the details below.
Backdating Housing Benefit claims
We can backdate your claim for up to one month if you:
- are aged between 16 years old and State Pension age: and
- can show us ‘good cause’ prevented you making a claim (like an illness)
We can backdate your claim for up to three months if you:
Submitting evidence for Housing Benefit
To submit evidence for your Housing Benefit claim please click on the link below and complete the form:
Or you can bring it to your nearest Housing Executive office
Any delay in sending your evidence will slow down your application and may mean you miss out on help.
Change in Circumstances
You must tell us if you have a change in your circumstances.
You have to do this even if you are waiting to find out if you will get Housing Benefit. If there are any changes after you get Housing Benefit you must also tell us immediately.
Find out more about what you need to do our section:
Housing Benefit payment
Housing Benefit payments usually start from the Monday after we receive your application.
We pay Housing Benefit in the following ways:
- For Housing Executive tenants it is paid each week to your rent and rates account
- For housing association tenants or tenants living in the private rented sector it can be paid to you every 2 weeks (in arrears). Alternatively, it can be paid to your private landlord, letting agent or housing association every 4 weeks in arrears.
The information in this section is for general advice only.
Contact your local Housing Benefit office if you have any queries.