Who can get Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit is a scheme to help people pay their rent. It can’t help towards things like mortgage costs, meals, fuel charges, washing and nursing care.

If you live with a partner or civil partner, only one of you can get Housing Benefit.

You can get Housing Benefit if you

  • rent your home
  • are responsible for paying rent as a tenant, boarder, lodger or in a hostel or bed & breakfast
  • have a low income, or are claiming benefits
  • usually live in your home for which you are claiming Housing Benefit.

Check if you qualify for Housing Benefit using the benefits calculator (Kent County Council website).

You can also see how we work out your Housing Benefit

You can’t get Housing Benefit if you

  • are not responsible for paying rent
  • own your home
  • have more than £16,000 in savings and investments, unless you receive Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • are receiving the Housing Costs element of Universal Credit
  • are excluded from receiving public funds, due to your status in the UK.

You won’t normally get Housing Benefit if you are living with a close relative and paying them rent.

Some full-time students aren’t able to claim Housing Benefit. Find out more about students and Housing Benefit.