Who can get Housing Benefit

You must:

  • Live in Birmingham
  • Be liable for rent (including if you are a lodger in occupation), when making a claim, select 'Yes' when asked if you are a tenant, and then write on the form that you are a lodger in occupation.
  • Be actually residing in the property
  • Rent your home from a Private Landlord, Local Authority or Registered Social Landlord
  • Not have savings of more than £16,000, unless you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit.

You may also qualify if:

  • You live in a mobile home or houseboat
  • You are renting under a shared ownership scheme
  • You are a boarder whose rent includes meals.

If you have recently arrived in or returned to the UK, you will need to go to your nearest Customer Service Centre to see an advisor. Specialist advice is also available from the Home Office and the Refugee Council.

Who can make a Housing Benefit claim

If any of the following apply to you and your partner, then the person specified should make the claim:

  • Your partner is a student, you are not – you should make the claim
  • Your partner comes from an EU state, you are a UK citizen – you should make the claim
  • Your partner does not have recourse to public funds – you should make the claim, but you should consult an immigration adviser before doing so, as this may affect your partner’s immigration status