When and how do I claim housing benefit?

When do I claim housing benefit? Claim housing benefit as soon as you think you need help with your rent.

Benefit is usually paid from the Monday after the date that you make a claim. We cannot normally backdate claims. If you know your circumstances are going to change - possibly your income will be going down or you will be taking on a new tenancy soon, you can claim up to 13 weeks before you need help. If you move home, it is important that you claim benefit within the first week of your tenancy starting.

How do I claim housing benefit?

You can apply for housing benefit using the online claim form.