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Use our benefits calculator to see if you might get help with housing costs.
How much you get depends on: If you rent from a private landlord, how much you get depends on the Local Housing Allowance.We may ask you to provide extra information about your reasons for not claiming sooner.For working age people, from 1 April 2016 the Government has reduced the backdate period from 6 months to 1 month.For older people the maximum period is still 3 months.The amount of Local Housing Allowance may be lower than your actual rent.If you're a council tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your rent account.
If you're a housing association tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your landlord every four weeks (if you've asked us to), or direct to your bank account every two weeks in arrears.
If you're a private tenant, we'll pay your benefit direct to your bank account every two weeks in arrears.
Sometimes we'll pay your benefit directly to your landlord.
Examples of when we do this: If you’re of pension age, we’ll automatically backdate your claim by up to three months from the date we receive your claim.
If you’re under pension age, you must write to us if you want your claim to be backdated.
We can sometimes backdate your claim for up to one month from the date we receive your written request for backdating if there’s a good reason why you didn't claim earlier.