If you pay rent to a landlord who is also a close relative and you live in the same property then you will not be able to claim housing benefit.
If you pay rent to a landlord who is also a close relative and you do not live in the same property then you may be able to claim housing benefit. However the Council will need to ensure that the tenancy meets all the criteria of a fully commercial arrangement and will probably ask you for more details in support of your claim.
The Council cannot normally pay housing benefit if you are renting from a relative, a property that you previously owned, or if you are paying rent to a former partner/spouse.
- Council Tax Support
This page provides information about the new Council Tax Support scheme for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. The scheme has been approved by local members and comes into effect from 1 April 2013.
- Council Tax Support Scheme
The page provides details of the Council Tax Support Scheme which comes into effect from 1st April 2013. The scheme is based upon the Government's scheme, called the default scheme. This web page also includes summarised details of approved changes to the default scheme.
- Discretionary Council Tax Support
This page provides information about discretionary support that can be claimed to help people pay their Council Tax. The funding for this support is provided jointly by the County Council, Fire, Police and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
This pages deals with what you should do if you want to know more about a benefits decision or if you think it is wrong.
- Housing benefit - backdating claims
This page gives information on whether housing benefit and council tax support can be backdated to a date earlier than when you submitted your benefit application form.
- Discretionary Payments
This page contains details about Discretionary Housing Payments and Discretionary Council Tax Support Payments.
- Help and advice about benefits
Contact details for organisations giving help and advice on a range of benefits, including our helpline service for our residents offering advice on all types of benefits, not just those administered by us.
- Information required to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
This page deals with what information is required in order to assess a claim for housing and council tax support.
- Landlords and Agents
This page gives advice for Landlords and Agents with tenants who are claiming Housing Benefit. It also provides a leaflet to be downloaded with additional information.
- Local Housing Allowance Rates
This page gives the weekly the Local Housing Allowance rates for the current month and the previous month. These rates will be used when calculating your housing benefit.
- Housing Benefit - Changes in Circumstances
This page provides information about the importance of notifying the council regarding changes in their circumstances.