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Apply for Housing Benefit

Barnet is a ‘full service’ Universal Credit area, this means that in most cases you won’t need to apply for Housing Benefit, but should apply for Universal Credit, which has replaced several benefits.

When you should apply for Housing Benefit

You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if you are in one of the following groups.

  • You live in supported exempt accommodation 
  • You have been placed in temporary accommodation by Barnet Homes
  • you have reached State Pension Credit age. You can check when you reach State Pension Credit age here 
  • you are part of a couple where one of you has reached State Pension Credit age
  • You are currently in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium as part of an existing claim for JSA(IB), ESA(IB), Income Support or Housing Benefit,  or you have received the Severe Disability Premium in one of these Benefits within the last month. 

If you do not fall into one of the groups listed above, you will need to make a claim for universal credit for help with your housing costs. 

If you are a victim of violence or in fear of violence please contact us for help with your benefit claim.

Apply for Housing Benefit

Get help with benefits

Use a benefits calculator to check what benefits you should receive or call us on 020 8359 2000.

Lines open: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5:15pm, Friday: 9am – 5pm.

You could get help with your rent if your benefits stop.

If your circumstances change

You’ll have to tell us if your circumstances change as his can affect how much you get.

Tell us online

Complete the change of circumstances form to tell us what has changed.  You will have to supply evidence to prove the change.

You should tell us about changes like:

  • a change of income
  • the people that live with you
  • children leaving or starting school

Supply evidence like:

  • payslips
  • bank statements
  • birth certificates

Complete the change of circumstances form

Tell us in writing

You can write to us regarding your change in circumstances

By post

London Borough Barnet

Benefit Services

PO Box 2015

Pershore WR10 9BG

Drop it in

Monday - Friday 9am to 4.30pm at:

Barnet House

1255 High Road

Whetstone London N20 0EJ


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