Housing Costs and Universal Credit

What you can get

You can get help paying for your housing if you’re eligible for Universal Credit. This is called your housing payment.
Your housing payment can help you pay:
Once you’ve started claiming you need to report any changes in your circumstances. If you do not, your benefits may stop.

If you’re in temporary or supported housing

You cannot get Universal Credit to pay for temporary, emergency, supported or sheltered housing. Apply for Housing Benefit through your council 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’re 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.

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