Housing Benefit/ Universal Credit
If you’re on a low income and need financial help to pay all or part of your rent, you may be able to get Housing Benefit / Universal Credit.
Housing benefit is paid by the local council and is based on the level of rent, your income, savings and personal circumstances and those living in your house.
Universal Credit is paid by the Department of Work and Pensions. Universal Credit is all off your entitlements in one package rather than a group of benefits.
You can claim Housing Benefit / Universal Credit even if you do not receive any other benefits.
You may be eligible for housing benefit if you are receiving:
• Income Support / Jobseeker’s Allowance / Employment Support Allowance
• Pension Credit
• or if you are on a low income
Our landlords have been renting to Housing Benefit tenants for the last 15 years.
We welcome new applicants who are entitled to Housing Benefits or Universal Credit.
Regarding your deposit, we will require this to be paid before you move into the property. We will take the deposit being paid by you, a friend / relative or the local council.
If you do plan on having your local council help you with paying your deposit, we would advise getting in contact with them before viewing properties, make sure you are eligible and find out their contact information. Follow this link to find your council’s contact information: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
Our landlords may also require in certain cases a Guarantor for the tenancy and especially for new applicants for housing benefits. The guarantor can be any one over the age of 25. The guarantor has to be either in full time employment or a property owner.
If we accept you as a tenant and you are planning to claim Housing Benefit, you will need to fill in a form, which you can get from the local council housing benefit office and we can assist you to fill that form.
If you are planning on claiming Universal Credit, you must apply online or contact your local Job Centre and make an appointment.