To view details of your housing benefit or council tax payment, log in to our online portal.
Log in to check your housing benefit claim
Help with paying your rent
You can only make a claim for housing benefit if any of the following apply:
- you (and your partner if you have one) are state pension age
- you live in a hostel or refuge
- you live in supported or exempt accommodation that includes care, support or supervision
- you live in temporary accommodation provided by Leeds City Council
If you are under state pension age and live in sheltered accommodation provided by the council, you must
apply for Universal Credit external link for help with your housing costs.
For advice about mortgage payments, please contact the
Department for Work and Pensions.
If your rent includes bills, insurance or meals, housing benefit will not cover these costs. The amount of housing benefit you get depends on:
- the amount of rent you pay
- your income (and your partner’s income if you have one)
- your savings
- the number of children that live with you
- other people in your household and their income (these are called non dependants and for more information see the related page non dependants)
- if you or someone in your family is ill or has a disability and
- how many bedrooms your family needs
Working out how many bedrooms your family needs
You are allowed one bedroom for:
- each adult couple
- any other adult (aged 16 or over)
- any two children under 10
- any two children of the same sex under 16
- or any other child
Check if you can get housing benefit
Before you complete the
online benefits e-claim external link if you would like to get an idea of what you might be entitled to you can use the
benefits calculator external link.
Most students cannot claim housing benefit, however, if you are a pensioner or live in supported accommodation you can make a claim.
The rules for student claims can be complex, so if you do need help, please drop into a
community hub or call us on 0113 222 4404 for more advice.
Apply for housing benefit
Applying for housing benefit online takes between 10 minutes and 30 minutes. You can save and return to the application as many times as you need to.
Please ensure that you write down the reference you are given at the start of your claim. You need to click the submit button on the final page of the form when you are ready to send it to us.
When claiming housing benefit you can also claim Council Tax Support.
Apply online for housing benefit
If you already claim housing benefit, you must let us know if you have a
change in your circumstances.
If you need help completing the online form you can contact us:
Exceptions to the Under Occupancy charge
An additional bedroom is allowed for foster children, including approved foster carers who are waiting for a child to be placed with them.
Those serving in the armed forces who return to their parents home during their leave are also allowed an additional bedroom.
An additional bedroom may also be allowed for disabled children who because of their disability are unable to share a bedroom.
Customers with adult children who are away at university but continue to live with their parents and intend to return home will be allowed an additional bedroom. The temporary absence must not be for more than 52 weeks.
If you have more bedrooms than you are allowed