Advice for private tenants
Financial assistance to pay the rent
You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income.
Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent and you can apply for Housing Benefit whether you’re unemployed or working.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is used to work out Housing Benefit for tenants who rent privately. How much you get is usually based on:
- where you live
- your household size - find out how many bedrooms you’re eligible for and your LHA rate
- your income - including benefits, pensions and savings (over £6,000)
- your circumstances
Use the online Benefits calculator (GOV.UK) to find out if you are eligible for Housing Benefit.