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Housing Benefit (England, Scotland and Wales) - Can I get Housing Benefit?

Find out more about Housing Benefit (England, Scotland and Wales).

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:

  • live in the home of a close relative

  • are a full-time student (unless you have a disability or have children)

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