Can I get Housing Benefit?
You have to be the person who is responsible for paying the rent to get Housing Benefit. It does not matter if your landlord is a private landlord or a social landlord e.g. a council or housing association.
Housing Benefit does not help with a mortgage. See our Support for Mortgage Interest guide if you are a homeowner.
If you live with a partner, only one of you can claim Housing Benefit for you both.
You do not qualify for Housing Benefit if you: