You can get help paying for your housing if you are eligible for Universal Credit. This is called your housing payment.
Your housing payment can help you pay:
- your rent to a private landlord
- your rent and some service charges if you rent from a housing association or local authority, for example council housing
- interest payments on your mortgage and some service charges if you or your partner own the property you live in
Once you have started claiming you need to report any changes in your circumstances. If you do not, your benefits may stop.
If you are in temporary or supported housing
You cannot get Universal Credit to pay for temporary, emergency, supported or sheltered housing. Apply for Housing Benefit instead.
Other help with housing costs
You can apply for help with financial difficulties from your main Universal Credit payment.
You might also be able to get Council Tax Reduction.
Your benefits might go down if you get more than the benefit cap amount.
If you become homeless while you are getting Universal Credit
You must report this in your Universal Credit online account. Your work coach can give you a break (called an ‘easement’) from your Claimant Commitment responsibilities so you have time to look for accommodation. You can still claim Universal Credit.