As part of the government’s support package, Local Housing Allowance rates have been increased to the 30th percentile of market rents.
This means that if you rent from a private landlord and are currently receiving Housing Benefit, we have reviewed your claim and increased your amount of Housing Benefit where we could.
You do not have to apply for this, we will make the change automatically and write to you when your claim has been reviewed.
If you are having financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus, support is available here.
If you are of working age or a mixed age couple (where one of you is over Pension Credit qualifying age and the other is under) you will need to apply for Universal Credit as your housing costs will be paid within your Universal Credit payment unless
- you are living in specified accommodation
- you are living in temporary accommodation
- you are in receipt of severe disability premium (SDP) - (this is an amount paid to severely disabled people as part of Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Income Support)
- as a mixed age couple you were entitled to Pension Credit and Housing Benefit in a different Local Authority area on 14 May 2019 and are still entitled these benefits when you move into the Solihull area after Wednesday 15 May 2019
If you fall into the above category you must claim Housing Benefit.
You may qualify for Housing Benefit if:
- you pay rent
- you are on a low income or claiming benefits
You cannot get Housing Benefit if you or your partner jointly, have more than £16,000 in savings and capital. However, if you are in receipt of Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) you may still qualify.
You can use our online benefits calculator to get an estimate of what you could get.
In all cases, if you are liable to pay Council Tax you must apply for Council Tax Reduction from Solihull Council.
There is no set amount of Housing Benefit. As well as your income, savings and rent, we look carefully at your individual circumstances, for example how many children there are in your household, or if anyone has a disability.
We also check if you have any extra bedrooms. Government rules say that if you have a spare bedroom, your Housing Benefit may be reduced. This only applies to people of working age (ie. not yet claiming a state pension). The Department of Work and Pensions has produced a factsheet which explains these rules in detail, and any exceptions or special circumstances.
Housing Benefit for private tenants is a flat rate, based on typical rents in your area (the Local Housing Allowance (LHA)) and the number of bedrooms that you need.
You can calculate how many bedrooms you’re eligible for.
The welfare system set a maximum amount of money you can receive in benefits. This may affect your Housing Benefit.
If you’re experiencing financial difficulties you can find out what grants and support is available.
How to apply
You can apply for housing benefit online.
Alternatively please telephone Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding completion of the form.
Change in circumstances
If your circumstances change, you must let us know straight away. Failure to do so could result in an overpayment of benefit which will have to be repaid and your claim may be cancelled. Visit our change of circumstances page for more details on what you need to report to us.
Housing Benefit Overpayment
Please visit our Housing Benefit Overpayment page for more information and details about how to pay.
If you know or suspect someone is committing fraud you can easily and anonymously report it.