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Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland) - Can I get Housing Benefit?

Find out more about Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland).

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 if you have a social landlord.

Housing Benefit does not cover a mortgage. See our Support for Mortgage Interest guide if you are a homeowner.

In Northern Ireland, if you own your own home, you can claim Housing Benefit to help with the rates. Housing Benefit for rates is sometimes called 'rate relief'.

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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