Paying rent and other accommodation costs can be expensive, especially if you are on a low income or benefits. Housing benefit and council tax benefit may help you meet some of these costs.
If you are under 18:
- Your right to benefits is very limited. If you are living in rented accommodation (a bed-sit or room in rented accommodation) but not with a close relative you may be able to claim housing benefit
- Your claim for housing benefit may be linked to a claim for other benefits, such as Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- There are some under 18s who can get JSA, but only under special circumstances, such as being forced to live away from home and suffering severe hardship
- If you are in care, Social Services must make sure you are in suitable accommodation until you are 18
- Housing benefit claims are dealt with by your local council
If you are over 18:
- You can make a claim for housing benefit if you are living in rented accommodation and are on low income or benefits
- If you are single and under 25 you can only get housing benefit for bed-sit accommodation or one room in shared accommodation
- The most housing benefit you can get is the same as your 'eligible' rent. 'Eligible' rent covers rent for accommodation and charges for other some other services. So, depending on the rent you pay, your housing benefit may not cover it all
- If you are eligible to pay council tax but are on low income/benefits, you may be able to claim council tax benefit to help you with the cost of your tax
- Claims for housing benefit and council tax benefit are dealt with by your local council
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