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Terms: gross rent and eligible rent

What does 'gross rent' mean?

This is the actual amount of rent you would have to pay to your landlord each week if you did not qualify for housing benefit. If your tenancy agreement says that you have to pay your rent every calendar month, this will be converted to a weekly equivalent.

What does 'eligible rent' mean?

This is the amount of rent you pay after we have deducted any services that cannot be paid for by housing benefit. It is the amount on which we base the benefit calculation.

If you are jointly liable for the rent with someone who is not your partner, your share of the rent (for example, 50%) will be used in the calculation of your housing benefit.

Last updated: ‎09/05/2024 08:26