Find out more about housing benefit, including how to apply online.
From 24 October 2018, all working age claimants, in Guildford Borough, with up to two children making a new claim, had to apply for Universal Credit to help with rental costs, instead of Housing Benefit.
From 1 February 2019, households with three or more children, making a new claim, had to apply for Universal Credit to help with rental costs, instead of Housing Benefit.
You can still make a new claim for Housing Benefit if you fall into one of the following categories:
- You are aged less than 18
You or your partner have reached State Pension age. From 15 May 2019, changes to entitlement conditions will be changing for mixed age couples i.e. working age and pension age
You live in supported or temporary accommodation
From 16 January 2019, if your existing legacy benefit (Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance Income Based, Employment and Support Allowance Income Related or Housing Benefit) includes a Severe Disability Premium
If you fall into one of the above categories, you can find out whether you qualify for housing benefits using the benefits calculator. If you think you might qualify, you can complete your claim using the online claim form.
Find out more information on housing benefit on the GOV.UK website.
Find out about Local Housing Allowance.
Please make sure you tell the Benefit department in writing of any change in circumstance that may affect your benefits.
Housing benefits - frequently asked questions
The following information relates to any new customers who fall into one of the categories detailed above.
What is housing benefit?
Who can claim housing benefit?
When and how do I claim housing benefit?
How do we work out housing benefits?
What if I disagree with the way the council works out my benefit? Can I appeal?
How do we pay housing benefit?
Will other adults living in my home affect my housing benefit?
Can I claim benefit on two homes when moving?
How is benefit fraud investigated?
What is a Discretionary Housing Payment?
What local bank information and proof of identification is required?
What is Welfare Reform?
Can I get any other financial help?
Important information for new housing association and council tenants under the age of 35 on 1 April 2020
Can hostel residents apply for housing benefit?