Help to pay your rent

Housing Benefit

The housing benefit scheme is meant to ensure that people have sufficient income to afford the rent on a reasonably priced home. If you are on a low income, you may be able to get housing benefit.

 

To claim

To claim, you will need to fill in a housing support claim form. Forms are available from our offices, from your local Revenue and Benefit office, or click here if you live in Horsham, Adur or Mid-Sussex. You should claim as soon as you think you may be entitled as there are strict rules about the time limits for submitting claims.

 

Backdating

Housing benefit claims can only be backdated for one month for working age claimants, or three months for those of pensionable age.

 

Help making a claim

If you would like help to make a claim, please ask to make an appointment with one of our Benefit Support Managers by emailing info@saxonweald.com or calling 01403 226000.

 

Change in circumstances

If your circumstances change, you must report this immediately as it can affect your benefit entitlement.

 

Discretionary housing payments

These are special payments to help you if the housing benefit payments you get are not enough to pay your rent. The scheme is meant to help you with short term emergencies and the amount of support available is limited.

 

Criteria

There are no set criteria and each application is treated on its own merits. However, they will consider:

  • the amount of benefit you get and the amount you have to pay
  • efforts you have made to reduce your rent
  • your financial and medical circumstances and those of anyone living with you
  • your income and expenditure and that of anyone living with you
  • if you have any exceptional circumstances

 

How to apply

You can apply online (here for Horsham, Adur and Mid-Sussex residents), or contact your local Revenue and Benefit Office for an application form or further advice.

 

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