You can only make a claim for housing benefit if you:
- live in supported/exempt accommodation such as a homelessness hostel, a refuge, sheltered housing or accommodation which includes care, support or supervision
- are a pensioner (if you do have a partner who is under pension age, you have to be in continuous receipt of Pension Credit)
- or your partner get a benefit that includes a severe disability premium, or if the benefit ended in the last month, continue to be eligible for a severe disability premium.
- live in temporary accommodation provided by the council
If you are not eligible for housing benefit you will need to claim Universal Credit.