If you are on a low income, you may be entitled to Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent. Most people who rent privately have their entitlement to housing benefit worked out under a system called Local Housing Allowance. The amount of housing benefit you receive under the Local Housing Allowance rules depends on your circumstances and not on the actual rent for the property in which you live.
If you started receiving housing benefit to pay for your rented home before April 2008 and have not had a break in your claim since then, your entitlement to housing benefit is worked out under a different set of rules. You can find out more about this in the housing benefit section. If your claim for help with your private rented housing costs began after April 2008 your housing benefit is assessed under Local Housing Allowance rules.