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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Right to housing benefit

All private tenants have the right to use housing benefit to help pay the rent. If you intend using housing benefit to help with your rent, make sure you know how much you are likely to get.  Housing benefit will not always cover your full rent.  

Private renters can get help to pay their rent. You can apply for help if you're out of work or if you are working. If you are not already getting help to pay your rent, you should claim

  • housing benefit if you are over pension age, and
  • Universal Credit if you are below pension age.