Housing Benefit

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 (External link)

Help with paying your rent

You can only make a claim for housing benefit if:

  • You live in supported/exempt accommodation such as a homelessness hostel, a refuge, sheltered housing or accommodation which includes care, support or supervision
  • You are a pensioner
  • You or your partner get a benefit that includes a severe disability premium, or if the benefit ended in the last month, continue to be eligible for a severe disability premium.
  • You live in temporary accommodation provided by the council

If none of the above apply to you, you will need to claim Universal Credit.

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

How do you work out how many bedrooms my 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

Am I eligible for 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, have three or more children 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 one stop centre 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 and please ensure that you 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 External link

If you already claim housing benefit, you must let us know if you have a change in your circumstances.


You can download and print a paper copy of the benefits claim form (PDF 2.87MB).

Paper applications

These are available at one stop centres.

Hand your completed form in at a one stop centre or return to us by post:

Leeds City Council
P.O. Box 60

If you need help completing your e-claim, the form includes help buttons which will guide you through the claims process. If you need additional help, please visit a One Stop Centre to speak to an advisor face to face. If you are a council tenant you can also visit your local housing office for more support.



Exceptions to the Under Occupancy chargeExceptions to the Under Occupancy charge<div class="ExternalClassDE912EC2D53346068D02C51DA6DE034D">An additional bedroom is allowed for foster children, including approved foster carers who are waiting for a child to be placed with them. <br><br> Those serving in the armed forces who return to their parents home during their leave are also allowed an additional bedroom. <br><br> An additional bedroom may also be allowed for disabled children who because of their disability are unable to share a bedroom. <br><br> 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.</div>
What if I have more bedrooms than I am allowed?What if I have more bedrooms than I am allowed?<div class="ExternalClass9428D626929846B6BFDF97B828671C32">If you are a working age tenant living in a council or housing association property your Housing Benefit will be reduced if you have  more bedrooms than your family needs. Working age is below the age when you are eligible to claim Pension Credit.<br><br>You can check the age you will be able to claim Pension Credit by using the external link to GOV.UK.</div>



Benefit claim formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Benefit claim form.pdf2859910pdf
Direction regarding electronic communicationshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Direction re electronic communications.pdf172439pdf

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