Housing Benefit

  1. Who can claim
  2. What you'll get
  3. How you’re paid
  4. Claim Housing Benefit (selected)

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.

Claim Housing Benefit

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 incomeandbenefits@edinburgh.gov.uk

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.

Do you have any comments about this page?

Help us improve edinburgh.gov.uk

  • The City of Edinburgh Council will only use this email address to respond to any issues raised.