Details of who can claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction
Almost anyone on a low income can claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction.
You can claim:
Housing Benefit if you are responsible for paying rent for where you live;
- Privately rented accommodation - this includes paying rent to a private landlord, Housing Association.
- If you are a boarder or sub-tenant
Council Tax Reduction if you are responsible for paying Council Tax;
- Boarders and sub-tenants cannot claim Council Tax Benefit
You can claim Housing Benefit if you live in a hostel (not a bail hostel) but you cannot claim Council Tax Reduction.
If you have a mortgage you can claim Council Tax Reduction but not Housing Benefit. Your mortgage costs can be met through Income Support, Income based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit).