Cannot afford the rent

Take action now. Do not ignore the problem or you will build up rent arrears.

Rent is a ‘priority debt’. Choose Money below for more help with priority debts and rent arrears.

You have 2 options if you cannot afford to pay the rent.

1. Claim help with paying the rent

This is called Housing Benefit. Choose Benefits below for help with this.

If you get Housing Benefit you might also get Discretionary Housing Payment from Brent Council.

Shelter – HB rights checker



Shelter – Discretionary Housing Payments guide

Brent Council – discretionary housing payment [Link to money / I need money / Brent Council]

2. Look for somewhere cheaper

If you are renting from a private landlord look for a place where the rent is the same as or less than the Local Housing Allowance – LHA.

LHA is the maximum amount of Housing Benefit that can be paid for homes in an area. You might need to claim Housing Benefit in the future even if you don’t need it now.

Shelter – finding a place to live

The Government – how to rent: a checklist

Citizens Advice Bureau – finding a place to live

The Government – search for an LHA by post code

Brent Council – LHA amounts for 2015 to 2016

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