Help with Housing Costs Vol 2: Guide to Housing Benefit 2019/20
The Guide to Housing Benefit (now published as volume 2 of the housing cost handbook series) has a strong reputation for clear, impartial and accurate advice and is used by local councils, social landlords, advisers, tribunal members and housing professionals. It is designed to complement volume 1 which covers universal credit, council tax and rate rebates and certain matters common to housing benefit and universal credit, including appeals tribunals and the rules about migrants and recent arrivals.
This new edition of the Guide to Housing Benefit has been fully revised and updated to incorporate all the changes over the past year, including the April 2019 uprating. It provides answers to some of the most frequent problems and issues and explains all the new rules starting from April, including:
- the basic conditions to qualify for housing benefit and how to claim
- what counts as eligible rent or service charges for social rented housing and how the local housing allowance works for private renters
- the rules about eligible rent that apply to certain other kinds of non-conventional housing including: temporary accommodation for the homeless, supported housing, hostels and mobile homes etc. and to certain older housing benefit claims
- the size criteria for all tenancy types including recent case law on the 'bedroom tax'
- the rules about temporary absence and claims for housing benefit on two homes
- what happens when your circumstances change and how to appeal
- how income and capital is treated for pension age and working age claims
- how housing benefit is calculated including: the 'applicable amount'; when the two child limit applies; and how income and capital is treated for pension age and working age claims
- the rules about the benefit cap and exemptions
- the rules about housing benefit subsidy including temporary accommodation
- how and when working age claims are transferred to universal credit
- other schemes for help with housing costs including discretionary housing payments.