Housing benefit can help some people to pay their rent and rates. The government is replacing housing benefit with Universal Credit. Most people who need to claim help to pay rent for the first time will claim Universal Credit instead of housing benefit.
You can only make a new claim for housing benefit if you are of pension age or if you live in supported or temporary housing.
Your tenants have a right to apply for benefits to help pay their rent. You can be sued for discrimination if you refuse to allow tenants to claim benefits. Most tenants will claim Universal Credit. Your tenants can get Housing Benefit instead if
they are over pension age, or
they are moving from another tenancy and are already getting Housing Benefit
Your tenants who need help to pay their rent will get either Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. Most tenants making a new claim for benefits will claim Universal Credit. Your tenants may get Universal Credit instead if they
are over pension age, or
are moving into your home from another rental property that they got Housing Benefit for
You must pay rent to your landlord in return for living in the property. If you stop paying your rent, are late with a payment or do not pay in full, your landlord may begin eviction proceedings against you.
Landlords usually ask tenants to pay rent at the start of the month. This means that you may have to pay a month's rent in advance as well as a deposit before you move in to your accommodation. You may be able to get help to cover this rent in advance.