Eligible rent is the figure used in calculating entitlement to Housing Benefit. It could be exactly equal to the actual rent but often it is not.
There are 2 main reasons for this:
- Many service charges cannot be met by Housing Benefit: for example water charges, meals and most fuel.
- In the case of much privately rented accommodation your bedroom requirements may restrict the level of rent
If the service charge has to be paid as a condition of occupying the property it maybe covered by Housing Benefit.
See below for a summary of service charges and whether or not they can be met by Housing Benefit.
Type of Service Charge eligible for Housing Benefit
|Water charges||Not Eligible|
|Fuel for communal areas||Eligible|
|Communal window cleaning||Eligible|
|Other cleaning||Not Eligible|
|Emergency alarm systems||Not Eligible|
|Counselling and support||Not Eligible|
|Day to day living expenses||Not Eligible|