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Who can claim Housing Benefit?

To be eligible to claim Housing Benefit you must be liable to make rent payments upon the property which is deemed to be your main residence.

The people most commonly excluded from claiming Housing Benefit are:

This list is not comprehensive and there are a number of other exclusions that apply only in very specific circumstances, uncommon to most tenants.

Although a person may be liable to pay rent for their current address it doesn’t necessarily follow that they are able to claim Housing Benefit, this is because certain scenarios are not covered by scheme. These scenarios most commonly arise when:

This list is not comprehensive and there are a number of other scenarios that apply only in very specific circumstances, uncommon to most tenants.