If you made a new claim for benefit or moved address on or after April 7, 2008 then please see page on local housing allowance.
We cannot pay housing benefit for the following items:
- Water rates
- Meals / Food
- Heating and Lighting
- Cooking and hot water
- Television licences
Using the Valuation Office Agency
If you pay rent to a private landlord (except housing associations) we must ask the Valuation Office Agency to see if the rent is reasonable for Housing Benefit purposes.
If the Valuation Office Agency decides your rent is too high or your accommodation is too big for your needs, a lower figure than the one you pay will be used to calculate your benefit. This is called your eligible rent. Single people under 35 will also be entitled to Single Room Rent.
- We can still ask the Rent Service if you are the tenant of a housing association, if we think the rent is too expensive or your property is too big for your needs.
Using the Valuation Office Agency's valuation may mean that you may not get the full amount of benefit. You may be able to get help with the shortfall through a Discretionary Housing Payment.
If you pay rent to a landlord other than the council we can pay your Housing Benefit direct to your landlord. If you wish this to happen please complete the form below.
- Direct Payment Mandate (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)
If you do not have proof of your rent please ask your landlord to complete the proof of rent form below.
- Proof of Rent (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)
Last updated: Mon 30th July, 2018 @ 14:20