The amount of help you’ll get towards your housing costs depends on a number of things. The housing costs element of UC is worked out differently for people who rent privately, people who rent from a social landlord and for homeowners.
You can’t get help with rates as part of your Universal Credit claim. Instead, you will be able to apply for a rates rebate. Land & Property Services will be in charge of managing the rates rebate system.
The housing costs element of Universal Credit can only help with costs on the home you are actually living in. You can sometimes get help to pay rent for a home you're not living in , but this depends on why you aren't living there.