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Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit helps pay your rent if you are a tenant. You could be entitled to Housing Benefit but are not receiving it.

Can I claim it?

You could get Housing Benefit if:

  • you pay rent
  • you’re on a low income or claiming benefits
  • you receive the Guarantee part of Pension Credit
  • you have less than £16,000 in savings.

What could I get?

What help you receive depends on:

  • your income
  • your savings
  • the number of rooms in your home
  • how much rent you pay
  • whether you qualify for certain other benefits like sickness, carer’s or disability benefit, or Pension Credit
  • who you live with. For example if you have someone living with you, who is expected to contribute to the rent, an amount will usually be deducted from your Housing Benefit.

Discretionary housing payment

If you get Housing Benefit and still find it difficult to pay your rent, you can apply for a discretionary housing payment. Contact the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

How do I claim?

Contact the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to claim. You may be able to apply online, by telephone or by completing a form.

Contact the Pension Service

If you already receive Pension Credit, get in touch with the Pension Service to find out how you could get Housing Benefit.

Benefits Calculator

Use the online benefits calculator to find out much money could you claim.

Age NI Advice Service

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call us today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.

Call freephone 0808 808 7575
Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm 


Last updated: Jun 13 2024

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