Help with paying your rent

If you are having trouble coping with the costs of living or you cannot find a job, there are certain benefits you may be able to claim. The government helps out thousands of people by paying benefits such as Job Seeker's Allowance (a weekly payment to help you look for a job) or Disability Living Allowance (for people who have a mental or physical illness).

The Council's Benefits department can advise on Council Tax Reduction  (which helps towards the cost of Council Tax for people who have a low income), Housing Benefit (which helps people who live in rented accommodation meet the costs of their rent) and Local Housing Allowance (which, from April 2008, is for tenants in privately rented accommodation). 

The Council has produced a series of leaflets that make Housing Benefit easier to understand.

There are many different types of benefit and many rules that dictate whether you can claim any money or not. Some benefits are only open to people aged 18 or above (unless there are unusual circumstances), but it is always worth checking if you can claim anyway.

Making an E-Claim

If you need help with making an online application for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction, you can visit us at the Council Offices where we can assist you with making an application online.

If you want to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, you can now do this on line. It is quicker and easier and means your claim will get to us quicker !

Click here to claim Housing Benefit On-line

If you already receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you can check you claim on-line

Click here to register for self service

If you have made a claim for Housing Benefit and want to see details of your claim, you can register for Self-Service by following this link. Go to self-service

For more information you can contact your Citizens Advice Bureau or Hertfordshire County Council's Benefits Advice.  Alternatively, you can contact our Benefits Department direct on 01923 773138 or email

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