If you and/or your partner are responsible for paying the rent for the home you live in, Universal Credit may provide help towards the cost. It may be paid to you as part of the Housing Element. You will then need to pay your rent to your landlord yourself.
Being responsible for paying rent means you have a commercial agreement to make rent payments and have a contract or written rent agreement with a landlord, organisation or agency, for example a:
If you are a boarder or a lodger help towards your rent may include the costs for any meals provided.
If you usually live in a houseboat, caravan or mobile home, help towards rent may include:
You may receive help towards rent for your usual home while you are temporarily living elsewhere for a limited period of time - for example, due to a flood or while essential repairs are carried out.
In certain circumstances you may receive help with rent on two homes at the same time.
You may receive help towards rent if the person responsible for paying the rent isn't doing so - for example, if your partner has left you and their name is on the tenancy agreement.
The Housing element of Universal Credit can't be paid if:
The Housing element will not include help with ground rent or certain service charges.