Claim Housing Benefit
You may be able to get Housing Benefit to help with the cost of renting a room or home in Edinburgh from the Council, a housing association, or a private landlord.
The quickest and easiest way to claim is to use our online form. Please note, you
- can apply for Council Tax reduction at the same time as you claim for housing benefit
- cannot claim Housing Benefit if you are eligible for Universal Credit.
You cannot claim Housing Benefit if you are eligible for Universal Credit.
If you are helping someone to make a claim for Housing Benefit, you can complete the claim form on their behalf.
You should also tell us if your circumstances change.
Self employed income assessment sheet
If you are self employed you will need to declare your income by filling in an income assessment form. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Making our decision
We will include the income and savings of your partner when we process your claim. We may also take into account the income of other people who live with you.
If you are entitled to Housing Benefit, we will usually pay it from the Monday after receiving your claim.
Backdating your claim
Please note that from April 2016, the maximum we can backdate a benefit award will be 1 month from the date you request backdating.