Housing Benefit - important notice
From April 2013, restrictions will be introduced on the size of property that you can claim Housing Benefit for. You can use this calculator provided by Citizens' Advice to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to claim for.
If you bid on a property which is larger than you are entitled to Housing Benefit for, the housing provider may overlook your bid in favour of a household who would fully occupy the property. You should therefore use your bids for properties with an appropriate number of bedrooms.
Most social housing providers now ask for rent in advance at the start of the tenancy, so you should make provision for this. You may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment to cover this, or to get an affordable loan from Nottingham Credit Union.