How much Housing Benefit you could get

How much benefit you could get depends on

  • How many children you have and their ages (called dependants);
  • Whether you have a partner;
  • How many other adults living in your house and their income (called non-dependants);
  • How many sub-tenants/lodgers living in your house and how much rent they pay you;
  • How much income and savings you and/or your partner have;
  • If anyone in your household is sick or disabled;
  • If your and/or your partner are a full time carer;
  • How many bedrooms you have in your property;
  • If you or your partner require someone to stay to provide regular overnight care (providing there is an extra bedroom available for them to use);
  • How much rent you pay;
  • Whether your rent includes fuel bills meals or water charges;
  • How much Council Tax you pay.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

The LHA applies to tenants renting from a private landlord (unless your rent includes meals or you rent a caravan or boat). It does not apply to anyone renting from the council or a housing association.

For more information on the Local Housing Allowance, including the current rates, visit our Local Housing Allowance pages.

Under-occupying Social Housing

If you are treated as under-occupying social housing, the eligible rent will be reduced. Please see our Under-occupying social housing page for more details.

Benefits Cap

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people of working age can get. For more information please visit our Benefit Cap page.

The exact amount can only be worked out after considering the circumstances of the individual claim.

The Benefits Calculator on the GOV.UK website will estimate the amount of benefit to which you may be entitled.