Housing Benefit

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Help with paying your rent

If you live in Leeds and pay rent you can apply for help towards your rent by claiming Housing Benefit. The amount you get will be based on the housing needs of you, your family and your income. You cannot get Housing Benefit to help with mortgage payments, but you can get advice about this from the Department for Works and Pensions.

If you live in a Bradford postcode area which falls under Leeds Local Authority control (some BD3 and BD4 postcodes) and you are working age with two children or less, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit for help with your housing costs. If you live in one of these areas you will only be able to claim Housing Benefit if you are a pensioner or have more than 2 children. Please contact us if you are unsure whether to claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.

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 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.

How do I apply to claim?

You will need to complete the online benefits e-claim external link. 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 there are a number of ways you can contact us:

Call 0113 2224404 to speak to an advisor

Visit us at any one of our One Stop Centres and speak to someone face to face

Alternatively, you can download and print a paper copy of the benefits claim form (PDF, 2.87MB). You can also download the new claim information booklet (PDF, 599KB) which tells you about the benefit claim process and the information we need from you. You can get both of these from a One Stop Centre. Hand your completed form in at a One Stop Centre.


If you want to claim housing benefit but are self-employed you'll also need to complete our self-employed income and expenditure form (WORD 62KB) and send it back to us along with any other forms we've asked you to complete.

Backdating rules

From 1 April 2016 the maximum period for which a housing benefit claim may be backdated is one month.  This applies to working age only.

For pension age the maximum period for which a housing benefit claim may be backdated is still 3 months.

Discretionary Housing Payment

If you get Housing Benefit but need further help with your rent costs then you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

Renting from a private landlord

If you rent from a private landlord your housing benefit will be paid through the Local Housing Allowance scheme. For more information see the Local Housing Allowance page.

Renting from the council or a housing association

If you are a working age tenant living in a council or housing association property with more bedrooms than your family needs, your housing benefit may be reduced. Working age means below the age when you are eligible to claim pension credit. You can check the age you will be able to claim Pension Credit on the gov.uk website.

Keeping us up to date - changes in your circumstances

It is important you update us with any relevant changes in your circumstances relating to benefits you're receiving. Please take a look at the Changes in Circumstances page for more information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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>
Backdating benefitsBackdating benefits<div class="ExternalClass00D3B3A7CA024BA884671AEEB32C8BEB">If, for whatever reason, you wish to have your benefits backdated, please also fill out the <strong><a href="/docs/Backdate%20Request.pdf">'Backdate request' form (PDF295KB)</a></strong> along with your original claim form.​​<br></div>
Benefit CapBenefit Cap<div class="ExternalClass9D5D2596A05645FF895787E3CDA65739">​​<p>The benefit cap sets a limit on the total amount in benefits that most working-age people can claim. You can find more details by visiting our <a href="/residents/Pages/Benefit-Cap.aspx"><strong>Benefit cap page</strong></a>​​.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
Information sharing agreementInformation sharing agreement<div class="ExternalClass5A54AE977678490092DD73856BDD7AB7">If you ​want us to share information about a claim you have already made with someone else please use this <strong><a href="/docs/Information%20sharing%20agreement.pdf">information sharing agreement (PDF189KB)</a></strong>, which can be found in the <strong>Documents </strong>section of these pages. If you are already filling out a new claim form you won't need this as there is already a section in there for this.</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>
Second propertiesSecond properties<div class="ExternalClassB3FEE4B71CED4D688BFB65259F836565">If you ha​ve made a claim and need to provide more information about a second property that you own please use the <strong><a href="/docs/2nd%20property%20form.pdf">Second Property form (PDF70KB)</a></strong> from the <strong>Documents </strong>section on this page.</div>



Benefit claim information booklethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Benefit claim information booklet.pdf614319pdf
Benefit claim formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Benefit claim form.pdf2859910pdf
Second Property formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/2nd property form.pdf71360pdf
Backdate Requesthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Backdate Request.pdf301939pdf
Direction regarding electronic communicationshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Direction re electronic communications.pdf82750pdf
Information sharing agreementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Information sharing agreement.pdf192524pdf
Nil income Questionnaire formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/nil income.pdf449949pdf
Self Employed Income & Expenditure Formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Self-employed income and expenditure form.doc61952doc

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