Housing Benefit

You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income.

Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.

You can apply for Housing Benefit whether you’re unemployed or working.

You may also be able to get help with your rent if your benefits stop.

Housing Benefit can’t be paid for heating, hot water, energy or food – if you need help, use abenefits calculator to see what else you might be entitled to.

Housing Benefit: eligibility

You may get Housing Benefit if:

  • you pay rent
  • you’re on a low income or claiming benefits
  • your savings are below a certain level – usually £16,000

You can apply if you’re employed or unemployed, but if you live with a partner, only one of you can get it.

If you’re single and under 35, you can only get Housing Benefit for bed-sit accommodation or a single room in shared accommodation.

Use a benefits calculator to check your eligibility or call us on 020 8359 2111.

Who isn’t eligible

Usually you won’t get Housing Benefit if:

  • your savings are over £16,000 – unless you get Guarantee credit of Pension Credit
  • you live in the home of a close relative
  • you’re a full-time student – unless you’re disabled or have children
  • you’re an asylum seeker or sponsored to be in the UK
  • you’re residing in the UK as an European Economic Area jobseeker

If your circumstances change

You’ll have to tell us if your circumstances change as his can affect how much you get.

Complete a change of circumstances form to tell us what has changed.  You will have to supply evidence to prove the change.

You should tell us about changes like:

  • a change of income
  • the people that live with you
  • children leaving or starting school

Supply evidence like:

  • payslips
  • bank statements
  • birth certificates

Then return to us by post or in person

Post London Borough Barnet

Benefit Services

P.O. Box 2015


WR10 9BG

Drop it in Monday – Friday 9am to 4.30pm at:
Barnet House

1255 High Road



N20 0EJ

 Burnt Oak Library

Watling Avenue