Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.
Housing Costs: How Much?
Housing Costs: How Much?

  • How much a claimant's Housing Costs Element will be will depend on many factors. 

  • If they are living in social housing then the DWP will need to know their rent and eligible service charge figures, how many bedrooms they have, and who else is living in the property.

  • For claimant's living in the private rented sector, their Housing Costs Element will be based on the lower of their 'core' rent and the applicable Local Housing Allowance. 

  • Where a claimant has a non-dependant living with them, then a Housing Costs Contribution may be deducted.

  • Some homeowners can get help with certain service charges.

  • And there are issues for joint tenants

Please click on the links below for more information.

Social Housing

Eligible rent, Bedroom Tax...

Private Rented

The Local Housing Allowance...


What are the Housing Costs Contributions?


How does it work for joint tenants and what if one has left??

Joint Tenants

How does it work for joint tenants and what if one has left??

Home Ownership

What help can a home owner get?

Service Charges

What' covered, what's not?

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