What financial help is available to pay my rent?

Last updated: 28/01/2020

What financial help is available to pay my rent?

Depending on your circumstances you may get financial help to pay your rent to a social landlord or private landlord through housing benefit, or universal credit. Under universal credit, help towards your rent is included in your monthly universal credit award. Housing benefit is paid separately to other benefits you may receive.

The amount of housing benefit or universal credit you get is based on your income from earnings, tax credits or universal credit or other income. The number of adults and children in the home, the number of bedrooms, your rent amount and where you live are also taken into consideration.

You will not get help to pay your rent if you have savings or capital over £16,000. If you have savings or capital between £6,000 and £16,000 any help with rent will be reduced. Capital includes property you own that is not the home you live in and some one-off payments such as statutory redundancy.

You may also be entitled to a discretionary housing payment decided by your local authority based on your individual needs.