Universal Credit payments are made up of different amounts depending on the
claimant’s individual circumstances.
The Universal Credit additional amount for housing costs helps tenants with their eligible rent and service charge costs. Regulations state that claimants must be liable to pay rent for the home they are living in to qualify for help with their housing costs.
For claimants living in local authority temporary accommodation due to homelessness, or specified (supported) accommodation, Universal Credit does not provide support with these rental costs.
In such circumstances claimants will need to apply for Housing Benefit from their local authority for help with housing costs.
Tenants Housed In 2021