Housing Benefit is paid to people on a low income who rent their home. It can pay some or all of your rent depending on your financial circumstances. It is sometimes called ‘Rent Rebate’ or ‘Housing Allowance’
You can claim up to 13 weeks before you become entitled to Housing benefit. So claim now if you know you will be moving to a new address soon or you know your circumstance are going to change.
If you claim Housing Benefit to help pay your rent you may be affected by changes from 1st April 2013. The changes mean that some people will get less housing benefit than they did before.
Find out exactly how the benefit changes could affect you.